December 12th, London: The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support grassroots esports, has put together a guide to help children get started in esports.
The Esports Age Guide breaks down major esports titles by age rating. It’s designed to inform parents, children and teachers which competitively-played video games are suitable for various age groups, from 3+ up to 18+.
The guide combines official PEGI age ratings with British Esports’ own suggestions, as some PC download-only games do not have PEGI age ratings.
While the guide doesn’t contain every single competitive game, British Esports is planning to add to this and update it over time as more esports games emerge and grow.
As well as the age ratings guide, the British Esports Association has also published an infographic highlighting the benefits of esports, including cognitive benefits, promoting teamwork and boosting confidence.
The aim is to help educate and increase awareness of esports and to show that it’s a positive activity with intrinsic benefits, when played in moderation as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
British Esports has also introduced a new weekly newsletter, which is free for people to sign up to and receive.
Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, said:”The video games industry continues to grow as a major economic and cultural force critical to Britain’s prosperity in the twenty-first century.
“Bringing the thrill of esports into the mix only adds to this fantastic success story. I’m looking forward to seeing the growing UK esports scene flourish as part of this global phenomenon.”
British Esports Association chair Andy Payne OBE commented: “The British Esports Association is all about grassroots and strongly believes that starting from the bottom up is key.
“We want to send a positive message out to parents and the general public that esports has many benefits, and is a positive activity for children when done in moderation.”
The news follows a pilot scheme British Esports held at Maida Vale Library earlier this year – an after-school esports club for children that promoted teamwork and cognitive skills.
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About the British Esports Association
The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK.
As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports.
The Association hopes to help educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and the benefits it offers.
Its three goals are to Promote, Improve and Inspire.
The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was established to help European parents make informed decisions on buying computer games. It was launched in spring 2003 and replaced a number of national age rating systems with a single system now used throughout most of Europe, in 30 countries.
The system is supported by the major console manufacturers, including Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, as well as by publishers and developers of interactive games throughout Europe. The age rating system was developed by the Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE).
For press enquiries or for more information please contact the British Esports Association at [email protected]
Dominic Sacco, content director