ESRB Ratings

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) ratings provide concise and objective information about the content in video games and apps so consumers, especially parents, can make informed choices. ESRB ratings have three parts:

Rating Categoriessuggest age appropriateness;

Content Descriptorsindicate content that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern;

Interactive Elementshighlight interactive or online features of a product, including users' ability to interact with each other, the sharing of users' location with other users, if purchases of digital goods or services are offered, and/or if unrestricted internet access is provided.

Depiction of rating symbols shown on the front of a product box and content descriptors on the back

ESRB Explained





As a supplementary source of information, physical (e.g., boxed) video games have Rating Summaries that provide a more detailed description of the content that factored into the rating assigned.

ESRB Rating Symbols

Everyone (E)

Everyone

Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.

Everyone 10+ (E10+)

Everyone 10+

Content is generally suitable for ages 10 and up. May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.

Teen (T)

Teen

Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Mature (M)

Mature

Content is generally suitable for persons ages 17 and up. May contain intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.

Adults Only (AO)

Adults Only

Content suitable for adults 18 years and up. May include prolonged scenes of intense violence, graphic sexual content and/or gambling with real currency.

Rating Pending (RP)

Rating Pending

Not yet assigned a final ESRB rating. Appears only in advertising, marketing and promotional materials and related to a game that is expected to carry an ESRB rating, and should be replaced by a game's rating once it has been assigned.

ESRB Content Descriptors

  • Alcohol Reference
    Reference to and/or images of alcoholic beverages
  • Animated Blood
    Discolored and/or unrealistic depictions of blood
  • Blood
    Depictions of blood
  • Blood and Gore
    Depictions of blood or the mutilation of body parts
  • Cartoon Violence
    Violent actions involving cartoon-like situations and characters. May include violence where a character is unharmed after the action has been inflicted
  • Comic Mischief
    Depictions or dialogue involving slapstick or suggestive humor
  • Crude Humor
    Depictions or dialogue involving vulgar antics, including "bathroom" humor
  • Drug Reference
    Reference to and/or images of illegal drugs
  • Fantasy Violence
    Violent actions of a fantasy nature, involving human or non-human characters in situations easily distinguishable from real life
  • Intense Violence
    Graphic and realistic-looking depictions of physical conflict. May involve extreme and/or realistic blood, gore, weapons, and depictions of human injury and death
  • Language
    Mild to moderate use of profanity
  • Lyrics
    Mild references to profanity, sexuality, violence, alcohol, or drug use in music
  • Mature Humor
    Depictions or dialogue involving "adult" humor, including sexual references
  • Nudity
    Graphic or prolonged depictions of nudity
  • Partial Nudity
    Brief and/or mild depictions of nudity
  • Real Gambling
    Player can gamble, including betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Sexual Content
    Non-explicit depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including partial nudity
  • Sexual Themes
    References to sex or sexuality
  • Sexual Violence
    Depictions of rape or other sexual acts
  • Simulated Gambling
    Player can gamble without betting or wagering real cash or currency
  • Strong Language
    Explicit and/or frequent use of profanity
  • Strong Lyrics
    Explicit and/or frequent references to profanity, sex, violence, alcohol, or drug use in music
  • Strong Sexual Content
    Explicit and/or frequent depictions of sexual behavior, possibly including nudity
  • Suggestive Themes
    Mild provocative references or materials
  • Tobacco Reference
    Reference to and/or images of tobacco products
  • Use of Alcohol
    The consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Use of Drugs
    The consumption or use of illegal drugs
  • Use of Tobacco
    The consumption of tobacco products
  • Violence
    Scenes involving aggressive content. May include bloodless dismemberment
  • Violent References
    References to violent acts

Note:Content Descriptors are applied relative to the Rating Category assigned and are not intended to be a complete listing or content. When a content descriptor is preceded by the term "Mild", it conveys low frequency, intensity, or severity.

For the most up to date list of content descriptors and definitions, go to www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp



Interactive Elements

In-Game Purchases -In-game offers to purchase digital goods or premiums with real world currency, including but not limited to bonus levels, skins, surprise items (such as item packs, loot boxes, mystery awards), music, virtual coins and other forms of in-game currency, subscriptions, season passes and upgrades (e.g., to disable ads).

Users Interact -Indicates possible exposure to unfiltered/uncensored user-generated content, including user-to-user communications and media sharing via social media and networks

Shares Location -Includes the ability to display the user's location to other users of the app

Unrestricted Internet -Product provides access to the internet



"Music Downloads Not Rated by the ESRB" -Warns that songs downloaded as add-ons for music-based games have not been rated and that their content has not been considered in the ESRB rating assignment.

About Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB)

The ESRB is a non-profit, self-regulatory body established in 1994 by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). ESRB independently assigns computer and video game content ratings, enforces advertising guidelines, and helps ensure responsible online privacy practices for the interactive entertainment software industry.

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