Don’t even try: Digital experts’ group reject plan to put video games under MTRCB watch

A group of digital experts said there’s no need to regulate video games being sold in the country amid a move to put these under government watch.

The group Digital Pinoys said local authorities cannot claim to know better than the international regulator called Entertainment Software Rating Body (ESRB) governing video game content.

“Further classification and regulation of video games is totally unnecessary. The ESRB video game content rating system is already in place and has been proven to be effective in classifying and enforcing video games globally. We believe that the body is enough,” Digital Pinoys National Campaigner Ronald Gustilo said in a statement.

The group is reacting to a bill filed by Senator Win Gatchalian that seeks to place video games under the watch of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB).

“Can the government still afford to take on another regulatory function while talking about right-sizing and rationalization within the government?,” Gustilo added. “Maybe it should focus its attention and resources in addressing the budget deficit rather than spending on unnecessary matters.”

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