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Windows 8 Marketplace Will Not Support 18+ Rated Games

Microsoft has revealed today that their upcoming Windows 8 OS will not support the sale of mature rated games in Europe and US.

Casey Muratori’s report highlights key points in Microsoft’s content legislation.

Your app must not contain adult content, and metadata must be appropriate for everyone. Apps with a rating over PEGI 16, ESRB MATURE, or that contain content that would warrant such a rating, are not allowed.

Your app must not contain content or functionality that encourages, facilitates, or glamorizes illegal activity.

Your app must not contain content that encourages, facilitates or glamorizes excessive or irresponsible use of alcohol or tobacco products, drugs or weapons.

Your app must not contain excessive or gratuitous profanity.

Many developers have already stated that they plan to stick with the current Windows 7. This decision of Microsoft will only alienate developers and digital publishers further.