While Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo may compete for market share in the video game space, there are a number of ideals which all three companies can agree on. Releasing a joint statement, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft announced their commitment to creating a safer environment for gaming, as “We believe gaming is for all people of all ages, including our youngest and most vulnerable players.”
In a blog post on its website, the Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations ‘Dave McCarthy’ said “We believe gaming is for all people of all ages, including our youngest and most vulnerable players. 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 players deserve to have fantastic social gaming experiences in settings where respect and safety are mutual.”
They continued, “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.”
As part of this commitment, the companies have agreed upon a three-pronged approach:
- Prevention: Empower players and parents to understand and control gaming experiences.
- Partnership: We commit to partnering with the industry, regulators, law enforcement, and our communities to advance user safety.
- Responsibility: We hold ourselves accountable for making our platforms as safe as possible for all players.
They concluded, saying “this partnership signifies our commitment to work together to improve player safety and ensure gaming remains truly for everyone. While the video game industry has a long history of taking steps to protect gamers, especially children, we recognize that no one company or industry will solve these challenges alone.We welcome others to make and share similar commitments to players everywhere.”
While the notion of ‘console wars’ continues to persist in conversations across the video games industry, it’s always a positive move to see these ‘competitors’ working together for the betterment of the medium. The full statement can be found HERE.
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KitGuru says: What do you think of this statement? Are they simply empty words, or is there more to it than that? What else should these companies do to help? Let us know down below.