The European Parliament voted to adopt a report calling for the European Commission to address several issues in the games industry that it believes will better protect consumers, especially young people. The report was led by MEP Adriana Maldonado López and made more than a dozen recommendations, including harmonized rules across the European Union’s single market when providing clear information about games content and systems that help parents understand and control how much time and money their children spend on games. The Pan European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system was highlighted as an example of something that could deliver more transparent information about the content, target age group, and in-game purchase options to consumers. They also call for developers to “avoid designing games that feed an addiction,” and other actions recommended include prioritizing data protection, improving the gender imbalance in the industry’s workforce, and making it as easy for consumers to cancel a subscription as it is to sign up. The European Parliament also recognized the value of the video games sector, as well as its potential to help with education, mental health, and other aspects of life.
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