The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association, formerly the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), was founded in 1989 to establish a specific and collective identity for the British computer and video game industry.
Between 1994 and Spring 2003, ELSPA voluntarily rated computer games released in Britain that were exempt from legal classification by the BBFC. The ratings given were originally 3-10, 11-14, 15-17 and 18+. Red "X"s would highlight which age group a title was not suitable for, while a tick in the categories above that would indicate the suitable ages. The ratings were later simplified to a 3+, 11+, 14+ or 18+ as appropriate. In April 2003, ELSPA was replaced by the European PEGI ratings system.
On 8 September 2010, ELSPA rebranded as the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment.
Grand Theft Auto game ratings
In the UK, all Grand Theft Auto games were subject to classification from the BBFC, and as such, no ELSPA rating was ever given to a GTA game in the UK. In the rest of Europe, the majority of GTA games were rated by the respective country's own ratings boards.
- Grand Theft Auto 1 (Game Boy Color only) 15+
- Grand Theft Auto 1 (PlayStation only) 18+
- Grand Theft Auto III (PC only) 18+.
All GTA games released after Grand Theft Auto: Vice City were rated by PEGI.
- BBFC - The British media rating system
- ESRB - The American and Canadian computer and video game rating system
- PEGI - The European computer and video game rating system
- USK - The German computer and video game rating system
- OFLC - The Australian media rating system
- OFLC (NZ) - The New Zealand media rating system
- CERO - The Japanese computer and video game rating system