Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox Announce Common Commitment to Safer Games

Game giants Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox share details of their united effort to make the game a safer place for all players.

Dave McCarthy, Corporate Vice President of Xbox Operations, shares new posts on the official Xbox website, highlighting the basic principles at the heart of each company’s operations. “We believe the game is for all people of all ages, including our youngest and most vulnerable players,” the post reads. “Technology enables compelling entertainment experiences, especially when interacting with others, and we want them to be positive and respectful.”

In this message, McCarthy explains how the Xbox “works” with its industry rivals and shares three key pillars that underpin its work.

“Xbox works with both Nintendo and PlayStation on behalf of the Nintendo Switch player community. To protect players online, we combine advanced technology, a support community, and the benefits of skilled humans. We believe we need a more rigorous approach. We will continue to invest, evolve, and expand our approach to user safety as we can achieve more by working towards the same goals. As we continue, we prioritize the safety of our players, the most vulnerable. “

The main principles mentioned in the post are:

Prevention: Allows players and parents to understand and control the gaming experience.

  • It provides controls that allow players to customize their gaming experience. We support parents with the tools and information they need to create the right gaming experience for their children.
  • We recognize that for safety features to be useful, they must be easy to use. We promote the availability of safety tools through platforms, support channels, services, websites and retail stores to reach more players and parents.
  • We keep informed parents and players through our Code of Conduct, Terms of Service, and enforcement practices.
  • We are investing in technology to prevent improper conduct and content before players are harmed.

Partnerships: We are working on partnerships with industry, regulators, law enforcement agencies, and communities to improve user safety.

  • The focus is on the industry’s commitment to safety. We believe that we have the opportunity to work together for the benefit of the video gaming industry and all players to provide a safer gaming experience.
  • We work with industry associations, industry members, regulators, law enforcement agencies and professionals to develop and drive online safety initiatives.
  • We are committed to conducting shared research for the benefit of the industry.
  • 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 work with rating agencies such as ESRB and PEGI to ensure that the game is rated by the right viewers.

Responsibility: We are responsible for making the platform as secure as possible for all players.

  • We make it easier for players to report violations of our Code of Conduct, and not only remove content, but also limit players from using our services for fraudulent activities. Take action.
  • 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.
  • Publish rules and requirements to ensure that reported players understand the requirements for continued engagement with the platform.

It’s especially good to see companies “responsible” here to make the platform as secure as possible. By the way, Nintendo’s support page and parental information can be found at these links if you need help.

McCarthy concludes:

“In a world that is digital and often instantly connected, protecting players can be difficult. This partnership works together to improve player safety and keep the game truly for everyone. It means our commitment to do. The video game industry has a long history of taking steps to protect gamers, especially children, we are a company that solves these challenges alone. And we recognize that there is no industry.

“We welcome others to make and share similar commitments to players around the world.”

Do you think Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox are enough to protect gamers? Do you think you can do more, or do you think the three companies should accept a higher level of responsibility than they are today? Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.

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