Windows 8 Marketplace says no to adult-rated games

Games with content deemed inappropriate for children will not be available to buy from the Windows 8 Marketplace, it has been revealed.

A Microsoft representative has said titles such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Max Payne 3 and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations could all be affected. 

Section 6.2 of the Windows App guidelines – which also relates to games – states: “…apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or corresponding rating under other ratings systems… are not allowed.”

As Kotaku.com points out, this is unlikely to affect the market in the US, where video games are rarely given an 18 certificate, but Europe - and in particular the UK, where classifications are much more strict - could miss out, with a host of games being unavailable from the Windows 8 marketplace. 

Adult-rated titles be banned from the Windows 8 Marketplace will still be available to buy elsewhere and loaded accordingly.

Yet the convenience of having that shop window with access to hundreds of games direct from your computer or tablet device will be lost. 

Windows 8 is due to be made available from 26 October.