In-game purchases, chats and loot boxes are accepted by the USK as test criteria for digital games and content.
The USK announces that new rules will apply to the testing of digital games from January 2023. In-game purchases, chats and loot boxes should be included in the review.
If a significant risk for children and young people is identified, the age limit is raised.
“In the future, in addition to content relevant to the protection of minors, possible online risks – such as purchasing or communication options – can also be taken into account in the process of statutory age marking,” says an official press release.
USK Managing Director Elisabeth Secker: “The practical implementation of the amended Youth Protection Act was one of the biggest changes in the history of the USK as a testing institution. The adjustments are an important pillar for a holistic and future-oriented protection of children and young people in the media. Together with the highest state youth authorities, many actors in the protection of children and young people in the media and the game providers, we have succeeded in laying the foundation for converting the new youth protection law into good practice. Participating in the target groups of children and young people, parents and educational professionals was particularly helpful in the development process, and their insights were incorporated into the specific design of the additional information.”
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