Interactive Software Federation of Europe

The Interactive Software Federation of Europe (ISFE) is an independent federation, representing the interests of the video game industry in Europe to the main stakeholders: EU institutions, international organisations, academics, or the general public. This objective is pursued through a variety of actions, such as meetings, conferences, sponsorships and informational actions aimed towards the public.

Interactive Software Federation of Europe
Formation1998; 25 years ago (1998)[1]
Olaf Coenen[3]


Founded in 1998, the ISFE initially only included the national interactive software trade associations of the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. In January 2002, the ISFE opened up to include any company representing the industry within the 30 member states of the European Economic Area, plus Switzerland.

In 2002 the ISFE was registered under Belgian law as an international association with scientific and pedagogical purposes. In April 2003, ISFE founded PEGI ('Pan European Game Information) which has become the gaming industry's rating system for Europe. The ISFE secretariat is located in Brussels.


ISFE's main activities regard the following goals:

  • Creating European awareness
  • Providing information to consumers
  • Providing research/market data
  • Supporting national representation in all EU countries
  • Acting against software piracy


Game publishersEdit

Local interactive software associationsEdit