ESRB’s 2018 Rating Category Breakdown

Written by Max Jay, Assistant Director, Communications
January 10, 2019

Every year ESRB breaks down the rating categories assigned to physical and console downloadable games. Last year, ESRB assigned age and content ratings to 2,768 of these games! You may find the 2018 Rating Category Breakdown results to be different than you’d expect.

E (Everyone)

In 2018, 42% of all physical and console downloadable games were rated E for Everyone. This means more than 1,160 games in 2018 were (and are) suitable for the whole family!

E10+ (Everyone 10+)

The Everyone 10 + rating was assigned to 19% of the games in 2018. Your 10-year-old was age appropriate for almost 1,690 games last year!

T (Teen)

30% of games were assigned the T for Teen rating in 2018. Combined with E and E10+, 91% of physical and console downloadable games in 2018 are appropriate for your teenager!

M (Mature 17+)

M (Mature 17+) was the least common rating assignment in 2018, with 9%.

But remember, every kid is different and it’s up to you to make the final decisions about which video games are appropriate for your children. After all, you do know them best!

If you find that you need more information about a game, take a look at the rating summary available on ESRB.org and our free rating search app. You can also use our step-by-step parental control guides to make sure you kids’ video game experiences stay age appropriate. Even if you’re not around!

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