Oculus Store Implements IARC Age and Content Ratings System

Every country has its own rating system for videogame certification which can be an issue for developers looking to launch projects worldwide. Naturally large global companies look to implement the most universal solution, to make this process as easy as possible, so this week Oculus has announced it’ll be using the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) rating system.

IARC is a ratings process that all developers will now need to use for experiences on Oculus Store. In an update on the Oculus Blog, the company states: “Moving forward, all titles in the Oculus Store will need to show age and content ratings assigned through the IARC rating process. This change will make it easier for developers to get age and content ratings for your app from multiple territories simultaneously. It also provides consumers a consistent set of familiar and trusted ratings that reflect their own cultural norms regarding content and age-appropriateness.”

What this means for developers either planning or those that have already published on the store is that all titles must now be rated no matter what. For new submissions it’ll be fairly easy as studios will receive an automatic prompt to go through the process. For those titles already on the store creators will need to update them with an IARC certificate by 1st March 2017 at the latest, otherwise they’ll be removed.

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