A new listing for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” has been found on the Australian Classification board website.

The classification was filed on the 23rd of May, 2019, just one week ago. It is classed under the “Computer Games” category and is currently rated as “G” and has no platforms associated to it.

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There is also a separate classification entry, posted long ago on the 15th of October 2009, with a completely separate classification number, so it is unlikely that this is the same game.

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We do, of course, have to address some inconsistencies within the two applications. The newer form lists the publisher and production company as “Gaming Platform Team” and not ActivisionBlizzard, with the applicant being the IARC.

The Gaming Platform Team could not be found through google, but the IARC could. These are the International Age Rating Coalition, a supposedly ground-breaking global rating and age classification system for digitally delivered games and apps.

According to the “How IARC works” page, developers have to answer questions and submit their game to have the game in question rated by them on a global scale, reflecting each countries regional ratings to reflect local standards.

By all means this seems to be legitimate, and the company works with not just the Australian Government Classification Board, but also rating boards such as ESRB and PEGI.

The new Modern Warfare 2 listing has shown up on neither of these other rating boards, and it is unlikely for a Call of Duty game to genuinely be rated “G” for “General”, in this case we can only assume that those in the Australian Government who run the AGCB web page have jumped the gun a little.

 

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