The PEGI system is to become the standard form of classification for video games in the UK, the government has announced as part of its "Digital Britain" report.

"Protecting children and giving parents a clear and robust new system has always been our starting point. The new system of classification follows the essential criteria set out by Professor Tanya Byron, who recommended a trustworthy, uniform and clear set of symbols that is flexible and future proof", said creative industries minister Sion Simon.

"We will now work with PEGI and the VSC to agree exactly what the new symbols will look like and how they will work in the UK market, to ensure they provide the clarity and safeguards that are needed".

The Video Standards Council, rather than the BBFC, and PEGI will work together to further develop the age rating system to set suitable age recommendations for titles with, for example, violence or bad language.