It was revealed prior to the release of Windows 8 in October that Microsoft (MSFT) would not sell or support any game with a Mature rating in the United States or with a 16+ PEGI rating in Europe. The decision puzzled many of the company’s critics; not only does Microsoft support a number of Mature-rated Xbox games, it also publishes many of them. Following heavy backlash from consumers and members of the gaming industry, the company has since reversed the decision. Microsoft confirmed this week that it will be expanding its commitment to Windows Store games and will now support PEGI 18 rated titles in Europe.
“We recognize that people have come to expect and appreciate rich gaming experiences on Windows and this includes games rated PEGI 18,” Ted Dworkin, director of program management for the Windows Store, wrote on the company’s blog. “We also want to ensure that every customer using the Store can browse and acquire apps with confidence. The Windows Store allows parents to be in control of the kinds of apps their children can install. For this reason, even with the introduction of content intended for a more mature audience, the Store continues to be a safe and positive place for children to explore.”
It is unclear if Microsoft will also allow M-rated content in the U.S. market. Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.