Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Nintendo, the top three console makers in the video game industry, have pledged to make games “safer,” according to a news release released Monday.
The three companies issued a statement published on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire outlining a new initiative to protect the “youngest and most vulnerable player.” The pledge lacks specific steps towards this goal. Instead, it focuses on the “principles” that guide the program.
For example, the Joint Statement emphasizes principles that include:
We believe that hatred, harassment and exploitation of young players makes no sense in the game. We work with the community to encourage safe gaming behavior and use reporting tools to summon malicious individuals.
We comply with all local laws and respond to all legitimate demands from law enforcement agencies. If you observe any illegal activity or if you believe your player is at risk of imminent harm, we will notify law enforcement immediately.
“Xbox works with both Nintendo and PlayStation on behalf of the Nintendo Switch player community. Protecting players online combines the benefits of advanced technology, a support community, and a skilled community. We believe we need an interdisciplinary approach, said Dave McCarthy, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations: “We can achieve more by working towards the same goals. Therefore, we will invest, evolve, and expand our approach to user safety. As we continue this work, we prioritize protecting the safety of our players, especially the most vulnerable players. “
The principles outline “prevention, partnership, responsibility”. This includes pledges to help parents understand video game safety tools, “partnerships with industry, regulators, law enforcement and communities” and allowing players to report bad behavior. included. The full statement is available on Xbox Wire.