During the corona virus outbreak, the game rating agencies ESRB and PEGI will not be closed.
IGN reports that institutions in North America and Europe will continue to work remotely. Prior to this, the Japanese rating agency CERO closed this year until May 6, or canceled the nationwide locking measures.
An ESRB spokesperson said: "Because of the large amount of pre-planning, since March 16, ESRB has been operating remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak." "We found no delay in assigning ratings. We will continue to assign ratings remotely as needed. "
Both console manufacturers and digital storefronts require games to be ESRB rated before being released in North America. This means that any hit in the system may cause a delay.
PEGI also expects that as employees work from home, they will have a "minimal impact" on their review process.
A PEGI spokesperson said: “In short: yes, we are currently working remotely with the least impact on our operations.” “When this situ ation started to spread in Europe a few weeks ago, we quickly found a Work to continue daily operations.
“Given that PEGI (in Brussels) works with two independent administrators in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, they deal with publishers around the world, and we do n’t have to meet in person, so remote collaboration has always been part of our daily work. But now It happens at home, not in other offices.
"We inform companies using the PEGI system that we will work like this until the local authorities announce changes to the current measures. But until now, the impact of the pandemic and the resulting measures has been minimal."