The ESRB is working remotely to make sure ratings are given to games.
Amid cancellations and temporary closures of studios, some feared services like the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) would be next, but it’s looking like they won’t let the pandemic affect them. They’re continuing to work remotely.
“Thanks to a good deal of advance planning, since March 16 ESRB has been operating remotely due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”
The ESRB also assured they haven’t gotten any delay in assigning the required ratings. They also make it clear they’ll continue to do so for as long as required.
“We have seen no delay in assigning ratings. We will continue to assign ratings remotely for as long as required.”
The act of this establishment keeping in business is very important to the games industry. When a video game wants to officially release to console or look more flashy on Steam, they need to go through a rating board. For North America, the ESRB is the one to report to.
Thanks to COVID-19, many businesses have been adapting to a remote setting. It was also found that PEGI, the European rating board also is working remotely. Though, some aren’t so lucky, particularly, Japan.
In Japan, their CERO rating board has closed until at least early next month, leaving any games waiting for review high and dry. Turns out, they can’t allow their workers to work from home.
What do you think? Is this a good plan for them to do?