Europe Isn’t A Country: Why A Single Rating System For Europe Can Be Troublesome

One of the things that I loved most about living in Europe was how moving between countries and experiencing different food, scenery, and cultures was significantly easier than practically anywhere else. One thing I was not a fan of, however was the Content Rating System used for video games having a universal European rating.

This is a bit of an issue for me because PEGI (the video game rating board for Europe as a whole) works as a blanket ratings provider. This means that rather than taking into consideration what would be acceptable to a majority of the target market, they seem to focus on going with the highest possible rating per issue.

For example, the WWE games (the TV show itself is rated as PG under the media ratings board) are only allowed for kids 12 and older. Additionally, EA’s NHL Hockey games get the same rating as Battlefield, a first-person shooter. While this may not seem like much of an issue, this can be trouble for parents who don’t see an issue with a game, give their kids money to buy it, only to find out their kids have been denied.

What’s the harm in selling an NHL game to a 10 year old you ask? It should be nothing, especially if said child already watches the PG rated sport on TV with his folks. But due to the laws set for enforcing the PEGI, the establishment can face a fine. Seems rather unfair for selling a rather harmless videogame, doesn’t it?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that videogames should be made freely available to all kids of any age; I do support the maturity ratings on video games, and I think parents and guardians should be very strict on their end implementing the restrictions to their kids. The problem lies in assuming that Europe, with all its varied histories, cultures, and values fall under a single rating. Is it fair to punish young gamers by denying them a game that MIGHT be offensive somewhere else in Europe? I think not.

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The Fall Of Faker: Why 2018 Might Be Europe’s Year To Win

Anybody who is even vaguely familiar with the competitive League of Legends scene knows that there is one player who, for the longest time, has been the at the top of the best player list: Faker. Lee Sang-Hyeok, better known as Faker, has been THE top player in the world revolutionizing how certain characters are used.

Last year, however, that all changed. Faker’s team, SKT1 gave what was perhaps their worst performance in the World Championships to date, barely making it to the finals, and even then failing to capture a single round. It was the largest upset in League of Legends gaming history to date. At the end of the tournament, Faker alluded to his retirement from that level of play. Europe’s time may be now.

Not only are consistently good teams such as Fnatic expected to make a strong showing this year, but last year’s dark horse, Misfits, are expected to exceed expectations once again. Some of you may be asking, “If these teams are so good, what does Faker’s resignation from the World’s stage have to do with it?” Quite a lot, actually!

First, Faker no longer being in the picture means he’s no longer a massive threat; there’s no longer a Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of the players. Players can now focus on building individual and team strengths rather than “preparing for Faker”. With that freedom to relax, we can expect the European teams to build up stronger team strategies.

Second, while there are still strong teams from the Asian region, they lack the sheer dominance that SKT1 used to have. The loss of SKT1 as a whole means that regionally, Europe will have an even if not stronger footing in the tournament setting as their Eastern contemporaries.

Finally, the European lineups have a much stronger lineup than they have in the past years. With strong players like Rekkles and Caps playing for the European teams, this is probably the strongest overall lineups that Europe has had since the conception of the League.

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