The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) was founded in 1989 by British software publishers. It was known as the "European Leisure Software Publishers Association" until 2002.
From 1989 to Spring 2004, 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+. This rating system was replace in 2004 by a European ratings system called the Pan-European Game Information system (PEGI).