In a surprising new post on the Xbox Wire, Microsoft has announced a new initiative to keep players safe when gaming. Microsoft has aligned with Nintendo and Sony to announce “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.”
To do so, the companies are committed to a trio of pillars:
- Prevention including tools for parents and players to avoid harassment and toxicity
- Partnership and work with industry trade organizations, industry members, regulators, law enforcement, and experts to make online gaming experiences safer;
- Responsibility in that all companies hold themselves accountable for creating safe gaming experiences
Protecting players can be challenging in a digitally and often instantaneously connected world. 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.
Read more about how the companies plan to address player safety by visiting the Xbox Wire site.