All games with gambling included to be minimum MA15+ under new laws.
By Tim Colwill on November 19, 2013 at 11:37 am
South Australians will soon find that games with gambling in them are automatically slapped with an MA15+ rating, under a new plan outlined yesterday by the Weatherill government.
A new policy document released yesterday, ‘Building a Stronger South Australia’, discusses the government’s strategies for dealing with what it calls “casino-style and gambling-like games” available “through social media and for download on mobile phones and video game consoles”.
Under the new plan, the South Australian government will require all games with simulated gambling to be classified MA15+ at a minimum, and will push for similar changes to be made at the national level.
The full strategy is detailed as follows:
- South Australia will introduce new laws that will allow classifications, such as MA15+, to be applied to games that contain simulated gambling.
- An online Watch List of popular apps and online games that contain gambling simulation will be created to inform parents about games of concern.
- An ‘Unleashed’ competition will be held for the local technology industry to develop a tool that gives parents advice about minimising simulated gambling risks.
- South Australia will push for a national approach to the classification of games that include simulated gambling.
- A public awareness campaign will be launched to give parents, children and people who work with children the information they need to make informed decisions about children’s access to simulated gambling games.
You can download the document as a PDF by clicking here.
South Australia is currently the focus of a lot of attention around videogames, with Attorney-General John Rau ordering a dozen MA15+ titles be reviewed on the belief they should be R18+ instead.
Source: Thanks, Alex