Well, you don't see Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo on the same page every day, but this is exactly what happened in the trio's joint statement committing to safer gaming.
In a post penned by Xbox's corporate vice president Dave McCarthy, the three reminded that gaming has helped create meaningful connections with diverse players across the globe, be it through play or just socialising online.
"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."
McCarthy said they're guided by following principles:
- Prevention - easy to access and simple to use parental controls; solutions that thwart harmful conduct upstream from players
- Partnership - working with industry trade organisation, industry members, regulators, law enforcement and experts, including ESRB and PEGI
- Responsibility - simple procedures for reporting violations of the code of conduct; complying with local laws and law agencies
"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", he concluded.
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