Cost overview - Services and examination fees of the USK

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1. Age classification

Examination type

Explanation

Cost*

Express surcharge**

Standard procedure with participation of the Classification Committee

Age classification for full versions or demos in accordance with Art. 14, Sec. 2 JuSchG.

1200,- Euro

600,- Euro

Statement procedure with participation of the reduced Classification Committee

For content identical versions of already rated titles (platform conversion).

For demo versions of already rated titles.

For expansions of already rated titles.

For game collections whose individual titles have already been rated.

For games equivalent to already rated titles (only up to „USK 6+“).

 

300,- Euro

150,- Euro

Special procedure – trailers

Non-interactive sequences e.g. for public presentations.

300,- Euro

150,- Euro

Provider classification

Consultancy result for the statutory self-classification of edutainment and infotainment software (in accordance with Art. 14, Sec. 7 JuSchG)
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300,- Euro

150,- Euro

Special procedure – print magazine discs

Age classification for discs accompanying print media containing playable games/ demos and/ or non-interactive material.

        600,- Euro

All fees exclusive of VAT

* The examination will be completed within 15 working days.
** The express examination will be completed within 7 working days. When stated on the submission form, the express surcharge will be added to the regular examination costs.

2. gamescom age classification

Examination type

Explanation

Cost*

Express surcharge**

gamescom demo

Applies to especially produced (trade show) demos as well as to incomplete, pre-release versions with accompanying and supporting material.

For the full version of the same title a new classification must be applied for. No guarantee for an identical rating in terms of demo/ pre-release and full version can be given.

 

600,- Euro

300,- Euro

Full version

Applies to final versions (including manual, pack shot and possibly factsheets and supporting documentation). Regular procedure with participation of the Classification Committee.

 

 

1200,- Euro

600,- Euro

gamescom trailers

Applies to trailers and other material for public screening.

300,- Euro

150,- Euro

All fees exclusive of VAT

* The examination will be completed within 15 working days, but in any case before the official gamescom opening (> more information).
** The express examination will be completed within 7 working days, but in any case before the official gamescom opening (> more information). When stated on the submission form, the express surcharge will be added to the regular examination costs.

Services included in the age classification procedure:
• Submission consultation 
• Technical validation and support
• Games will be played through completely – contents, features and youth protection relevant aspects will be summarized  into an internal document by the game tester
• Presentation of your title for the Classification Committee; the applicant can attend by request
• Examination and recommendation by the youth protection experts
• After a final decision of the Permanent Representatives of the Federal States the outcome (.pdf) will be forwarded instantly to the applicant
• Written classification ruling (after completion of the regular, appellation or appellate procedure)
• Documentation of the complete process
• List entry in the online database: USK-classifications (constantly updated)
• Registration into the system and archive database for interactive media
• Utilization of the age rating symbol as high-standard and broadly recognized seal of quality in terms of youth protection
• Non-disclosure guarantee for everything process related

Deficiency rate: Applicable in case of severe technical defects that have not been communicated in advance causing considerable time expenditure with respect to the review process; resulting in a 250 Euro fee.

3. Services for online content providers

Service

Explanation

Costs

Youth Media Protection State Agreement Basic Package

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300,- Euro

USK membership

more information

3.000,- Euro / year

Consulting services for members

more information

80,- Euro / hour

Consulting services for non-members

more Information

120,- Euro / hour

Convocation of a Classification Committee

more information

700,- Euro

All fees exclusive of VAT

Notice: In case of additional consulting services within a membership additional costs may apply in case they exceed the usual (included) consultation time of one hour per month. Such consultations for members as well as other external costs will be invoiced separately.

 

4. Consulting

Service

Explanation

Costs

Consulting

more information

120,- / hour
950,- / day

Reduced rate for USK members

80,- Euro / hour
630,- Euro/ day

All fees exclusive of VAT

Contact

Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK)
Torstr. 6
10119 Berlin, Germany

Telephone: +49 30 240 8866 0
Fax: +49 30 240 8866 29

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Submission form

Here you can find the submission form for an age classification.

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Cost overview - Services and examination fees of the USK