The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide guidance about video games and apps so that consumers, especially parents, can make informed
choices about the ones they deem suitable for their family.
ESRB ratings have three parts:
- Rating Categories suggest age appropriateness
- Content Descriptors indicate content that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern
- Interactive Elements inform about interactive aspects of a product, including the users' ability to interact, the sharing of users' location with others, if in-app purchases of digital goods are completed, and/or if unrestricted internet access is provided.
Shares Location, Users Interact, Digital Purchases, Unrestricted Internet
Where to Find ESRB Rating Info on Physical (boxed) games
Physical (boxed) video games available for retail sale or rental in the United States and Canada display the Rating Category on the front of the package and Content Descriptors on the back. They may also display a notice reading "Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB" that indicates possible exposure to user-generated content that has not been considered in the ESRB rating.
Digitally Delivered Games and Apps
Many downloadable games carry ESRB ratings, including all those available through digital marketplaces like Microsoft's Xbox Live store, the Windows Store, Nintendo® eShop and the PlayStation® Store. Parents and other interested consumers can also check the ESRB age rating for mobile games and apps in the Google Play store, which just like the ratings for console downloadable games, are displayed prior to download.
ESRB Website & Mobile App
Complete rating information for all ESRB-rated video games and console downloadable games is available by searching at ESRB.org or using the free ESRB Rating Search App for iPhone®, Android™ and Windows® Phone.
Rating Summaries are a supplementary source of information that give parents a detailed and straightforward description of exactly the kind of content they would want to know about when choosing a video game for their child, including specific
examples of material that factored into a game's rating. Although Rating Summaries don't appear on game packages, they are available via the rating search on
this website or right from the store by using the free ESRB Rating Search App. Rating Summaries are
not available for mobile apps or games that are available solely as a download from a PC, console or handheld device.