Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association
Founded 1989

The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) is an organization set up in 1989 by British software publishers. It was known as the European Leisure Software Publishers Association until 2002.

Between 1994 and Spring 2003 ELSPA voluntarily rated computer games released in Britain that were exempt from legal classification by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The ratings given were originally 3-10, 11-14, 15-17, and 18+. "X"s would highlight which age group a title was not suitable for, while a check mark in the categories above that would indicate the suitable ages. For example, a title suitable for all ages would have all the categories checked. A title suitable only for adults would have "X"s in all categories except for 18+. A title suitable for ages 11 and older would have an "X" in 3-10 and check in the rest. The ratings were later simplified to a 3+, 11+, 15+, or 18+ as appropriate. This has now been replaced by a European ratings system, called PEGI.

ELSPA are responsible for providing sales charts for computer games sold in the United Kingdom, and promoting anti-piracy initiatives.


Name of Rating Simplified Icon Original Version Description
3+ ELSPA 3 180px-ELSPA 3 Suitable for 3 and older.
11+ ELSPA 11 180px-ELSPA 11 Suitable for 11 and older.
15+ ELSPA 15 180px-ELSPA 15 Suitable for 15 and older.
18+ ELSPA 18 180px-ELSPA 18 Suitable for 18 and older.