Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo Have Teamed Up to Make Gaming Safer

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo Have Teamed Up to Make Gaming Safer

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Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are teaming up to make gaming safer for everyone. 

On the Xbox Wire, a joint statement was released by the three console manufacturers, who are aiming to make gaming safer and more accessible for all players. They plan on working towards the same goal, and commit to investing into user safety. 

"We believe gaming is for all people of all ages, including our youngest and most vulnerable players," stated Dave McCarthy, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations. "Technology makes compelling entertainment experiences possible, and we want to ensure that those experiences - especially when they involve interaction with others - are positive and respectful. All player deserve to have fantastic social gaming experiences in settings where respect and safety are mutual.

"At Xbox, we are aligned with both Nintendo on behalf of the community of Nintendo Switch players, and PlayStation in our belief that protecting players online requires a multidisciplinary approach - one that combines the benefits of advanced technology, a supportive community, and skilled human oversight. We can accomplish more when we work toward the same goal, and so we will each continue investing in, evolving, and amplifying our approaches to user safety. As we continue this work, we will prioritize protecting the safety of our players, especially those most vulnerable." 

The post went on to introduce three principles that the companies will be using to guide them: Prevention, Partnership, and Responsibility. Prevention is meant to empower players and parents to be able to understand and control gaming experiences. Partnership means that the three companies will be working with the industry, regulators, law enforcement, and communities to advance user safety. Finally, Responsibility means that the three companies will hold themselves accountable for making their platforms as safe as possible for all players. 

The statement ends by stating that while the gaming industry has a history of taking steps to protect gamers, especially children, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony recognize that no one company will solve these challenges on their own. They invite others to make and share similar commitments to gamers everywhere. 

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