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US Opened an Investigation into Tesla, Claims Users Can Play Video Games While Driving!

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The US opened an investigation with Tesla into a report that claimed that Tesla users were able to play video games on the touch screen while driving. The investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers about 580,000 electric cars and SUVs from the model year 2017 through 2022. The action follows a complaint to the agency that Teslas equipped with “gameplay functionality” allows games to be played by the driver while in motion may distract the driver and increase the risk of a crash.

ODI has received one Vehicle Owner Questionnaire (VOQ) describing the gameplay functionality and has confirmed that this capability has been available since December 2020 in Tesla “Passenger Play”-equipped vehicles. Prior to this time, the gameplay was enabled only when the vehicle was in Park.

This PE has been opened to evaluate the driver distraction potential of Tesla “Passenger Play” while the vehicle is being driven. Through this PE, ODI will evaluate aspects of the feature, including the frequency and use scenarios of Tesla “Passenger Play.”

To follow more updated news about the current US investigation into Tesla’s gameplay functionality, follow Gamactica Portals.

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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear Says “Still Work to Be Done” To Make Platforms Safer in Wake of Buffalo Shooting

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Twitch CEO Emmett Shear has commented on the Buffalo Shooting that took place last week killing 10 people and injuring 3 others, saying that there is “still work to be done” to make streaming platforms, such as Twitch, safer moving forward.

The racially motivated attack was live-streamed and coordinated using a number of platforms, with the shooting being broadcasted live on the Amazon owned Twitch platform. Twitch removed the stream less than two hours after it started, but not soon enough.

“It’s obviously a horrific hate crime” Shear said, during an interview with Harvard Business Review. “And that kind of violence, that kind of hate, white supremacy, racism, don’t have any place, I mean, really anywhere in our society, or especially on Twitch. And we’re working, of course, with law enforcement and taking every action we can find to respond to the tragedy. And we’re going to continue to invest heavily in ensuring the safety of everyone on Twitch. I think this is an example of one of those places where we’ve done a lot of work, but there’s obviously still work to be done.”

 

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New York Attorney General Launches Investigation into Twitch, Discord, More Following Buffalo Shooting

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New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday that her office has officially launched an investigation into platforms such as Twitch, Discord, 4chan, 8kun (previously 8chan), and other web and social media platforms in response to the racist shooting that occurred in Buffalo, New York, which killed 10 and injured 3 people, adding that that the investigation will focus on “platforms that may have been used to stream, promote, or plan the event.”

The focus of the investigation is on the platforms the shooter used to “discuss and amplify” the attack, according The Verge.

The shooter reportedly planned his attack within a private Discord server prior to the shooting, and also reportedly mentioned being influenced by of 4chan and 8chan given their lack of moderation.

“My office is launching investigations into the social media companies that the Buffalo shooter used to plan, promote, and stream his terror attack” James said on her official Twitter page. “We are investigating Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, and Discord, among others, all platforms that the shooter used to amplify this attack.”

“As we continue to mourn and honor the lives that were stolen, we are taking serious action to investigate these companies for their roles in this attack,” James said in an official statement.

 

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PlayStation Names Liliana Laporte VP of EMEA

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Sony Interactive Entertainment has named Liliana Laporte as its new VP of EMEA global channel sales, continuing an impressive 17-year career at the company that has seen her serve in several sales and managerial roles at Playstation.

Most recently, Laporte served as the general manager  for the Iberia, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Balkans territories.

“Liliana will hold a vital role in appropriately scaling PlayStation’s business across all of EMEA,” Veronica Rogers, SVP and Head of Global Sales and Business Operation said. “We are thrilled for her to continue her strategic vision for SIE’s EMEA region with the goal of bringing the PlayStation business to even more fans.”

“We are building one unified global team that will be instrumental in delivering on our goals, addressing the current challenges we are facing, and leveraging all the opportunities we have, both at a local and at a hub level,” Laporte said, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

“As you can imagine, to be able to lead a newly created EMEA hub is an amazing and a tremendously exciting challenge. It’s a real privilege to have a chance to interact and work alongside so many different and diverse teams, that do such an amazing job in their territories, and let their own views and culture influence the way the business is driven.”

“Here we have consumers from more than one hundred countries, with different languages and uniquely rich cultures, that generate different ways of interaction when it comes to gaming,” Laporte added. “You can imagine how many different player communities exist in this area of the world and therefore how important the territories’ role is in providing innovative, tailor-made and culturally relevant content and experiences. It’s a priority for us to provide the tools and resources to leverage all this passion for gaming and for PlayStation that exists within these different communities and continuously monitor our consumers’ behavior to always respond in the most effective way.”

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