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Samsung Developer Program

App Category, Subcategory, and Age Rating Requirements

You must specify the applicable category, subcategory, and age rating settings as described below for your app during registration in Samsung Seller Office. These will be reviewed by at least three trained Samsung content raters. The final settings for your app will be based on those you assign and the consensus of the Samsung raters.

Note: The content of all in-app items registered to an app must correspond to the app's age restriction(s).

Consult, assign, and specify the appropriate settings based on the following sections:

Kids category apps that are game apps Game AppsKids Category apps, and All Apps sections
Kids category apps that are not game apps Kids Category Apps and All Apps sections
Other category apps that are game apps Game Apps and All Apps sections
Other category apps that are not game apps All Apps section

Game Apps

During app registration, you must specify the appropriate category, subcategory, and age restriction(s). You can also upload copies of age rating certificates issued for your app.

For game apps:

  • Their category and subcategory must be specified:
    • For all game apps, by selecting App Information / Category * / General: (Games).
    • For game apps distributed only through Samsung Galaxy Apps store, by selecting one or two appropriate App Information / Category * / Exclusives settings.
    • For all selected game app categories, by selecting their appropriate subcategory.
  • Their App Information / Age Restriction must be specified and based on the guidelines below and the guidelines for general apps (All Apps).
  • For Kids category game apps, their App Information / Kids Age Restriction setting must be specified and correspond with the App Information / Age Restriction setting (Kids Category Apps).
  • For apps that have been issued an age rating certificate from an industry-recognized age rating standards organization, we recommend that you upload a copy of the certificate (App Information / Rating Certificate for Available Countries).

The table below indicates how the listed game industry organizations' age ratings correspond to Samsung's age restrictions.

PEGI

ESRB

GRB

FSK

MJ/DEJUS

Samsung Age Restriction

 

 

C, E

All

0+

L

0+

3+, 7+

E (10+)

All

6+

10+

4+

12+

 

12+

12+

12+

12+

 

 

 

 

14+

 

16+

T

15+

16+

16+

16+

18+

M, A

18+

18+

18+

18+

 

The following country-specific guidelines apply in order to distribute a game app in the indicated country.

  • In Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain: game apps with an 18+ age rating are not allowed to be distributed. 

     

  • In Brazil: the MJ/DEJUS rating certificate is not necessarily required to distribute game apps.
    If a MJ/DEJUS rating certificate is not registered with a game app, Samsung will evaluate it for certification.

     

  • In South Korea:
    • For game apps for children:
      • Developers do not need to register their game app with a Game Rating Board (GRB) age rating certificate because Samsung Galaxy Apps is entitled to officially determine the age rating for game apps instead of the GRB.
      • Game app content that includes gambling or content not proper for children and will not be approved by the autonomous age rating of Samsung Galaxy Apps.

         

    • For game apps for adults:
      • Developers must register their game app with a GRB age rating certificate that includes the rating confirmation number.
      • The following guidelines are used to determine whether game app content is appropriate for persons of age of 18 and above:
        • The content presents antisocial ideas, religion, and content that would be emotionally or physically harmful to children.
        • The content and motif present obscenity, violence, speculation, gambling, presentations that would be harmful to children under the age of 19 (including, but not limited to, direct presentations of sexuality, violence, improper language).

           

    • Game apps that can result in the user gaining or losing cash, currency, or assets with real monetary value will not be validated.

 

Kids Category Apps

Kids category apps (or Kids apps) are Android apps that are appropriate for users age 9 years old or younger. Kids apps are available to Galaxy Apps users in the Kids section.

During Kids category app registration, you must specify the appropriate category, subcategory, and age restriction(s):

  • Their category and subcategory must be specified:
    • For all Kids apps, by selecting App Information / Category * / General: (Kids).
    • For Kids apps distributed only through Samsung Galaxy Apps store, by selecting one or two appropriate App Information / Category * / Exclusives settings.
    • For all selected Kids apps categories, by selecting their appropriate subcategory.
  • Their App Information / Age Restriction must be specified and based on the guidelines below and the guidelines for All Apps.
  • Their App Information / Kids Age Restriction setting must be specified based on the guidelines below and the guidelines for All Apps.
  • For apps that have been issued an age rating certificate from an industry-recognized age rating standards organization, we recommend that you upload a copy of the certificate (App Information / Rating Certificate for Available Countries).
Kids Age Restriction Description
0~4 The app is suitable for users age four and younger.
5~6 The app is suitable for users ages five and six.
7~9 The app is suitable for users age seven, eight, and nine.

 

All Apps

During the registration of all apps (Android, Gear, Themes apps; game apps, non-game apps, Kids apps, non-Kids apps), you must specify their appropriate category, subcategory, and age restriction(s).

  • For game apps, see Game Apps and below.
  • For Kids apps, see Kids Category Apps and below.
  • For all other apps:
    • Category and subcategory must be specified:
      • For all apps, by selecting the appropriate App Information / Category * / General setting.
      • For apps that are distributed only through Samsung Galaxy Apps store, by selecting one or two appropriate App Information / Category * / Exclusives settings.
      • For all selected app categories, by selecting their appropriate subcategory.
    • Their App Information / Age Restriction setting must be based on the following guidelines.
    • For apps that have been issued an age rating certificate from an industry-recognized age rating standards organization, we recommend that you upload a copy of the certificate (App Information / Rating Certificate for Available Countries).

Guidelines based on an overall description of the app:

Age Restriction Description

0+

The app is suitable for users of all ages, and is understandable to very young children.

The app does not contain explicit presentation of sexual content, graphic violence, offensive language, and the use of alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other similar content.

4+

The apps is suitable for users age four and older, and is appropriate for young children.

The app does not contain explicit presentation of sexual content, graphic violence, offensive language, and the use of alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other similar content.

12+

The app is suitable for users age twelve and older.

The app may infrequently present mild violence and mild sexual content, and infrequent present offensive language.

The app does not contain explicit presentation of the use of alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other similar content.

16+

 

The app is suitable for users age sixteen and older.

The app may infrequently present of mild violence and mild sexual content, and infrequently present offensive language, crude humor, blood, and simulated gambling.

18+

 

The app is suitable for users age eighteen and older.

The app may frequently present strong violence, sexual content, and offensive language;  and may present gambling and the use of alcohol and tobacco.

 

Guidelines based on important app content and behavior:

Age Restriction Sex Violence Horror and Fear Offensive Language Tobacco and Alcohol Gambling

0+

None

None

None

None

None

None

4+

None

None

None

None

None

None

12+

Mild sexual behavior (such as kissing)

Mild or infrequent presentations of violence without details

Animated blood, but not realistic blood

Does not emphasize realistic or easily accessible weapons.

Brief presentations of horror that take into consideration the presence of young players

Mildly offensive language

 

Mild references to or mild presentations of alcoholic or tobacco products

 

Mild references to or mild presentations of gambling activities

 

16+

Infrequent or mild references to sexual content

Presentationof non-explicit sexual behavior

Infrequent or mild presentations of violence

Does not frequently present injuries or blood.

Does not glamorize realistic or easily accessible weapons.

Infrequent or mild presentations of horror content

 

Mildly offensive language

Infrequent presentations of strongly offensive language

Does not frequently present strongly offensive language.

Mild references to or mild presentationsof alcoholic or tobacco products

Presents mild references to or content with gambling activities.Mild references to or mild presentations of gambling activities

 

18+

Frequent or intense references to sexual themes or activities

Sexual behavior without strong details

 

Presentation of violence that may be strong but does not focus on scenes that involve murder, suicide, accidental or violent death, torture, and similar topics

Realistic blood

Does not glamorize realistic or easily accessible weapons.

Strong threats of violence.

Does not present strong, gory content and/or cruelty that may cause a high level of fear or anxiety in players.

 

Frequent presentations of offensive language or explicit sexual references

Does not frequently present strongly offensive language.

 

Presents but does not promote the consumption of alcoholic or tobacco products.

 

Enables players to gamble using assets that are not associated with cash, currency, and that do not have real monetary value.

 

 

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