Microsoft announced the acquisition of Two Hat, a company known for its AI content moderation tools, on Friday. Financial terms have not been disclosed, but Microsoft has shared its vision for how they will collaborate in the future. The two companies have frequently collaborated over the years to make Xbox Live and other gaming communities safer, and it appears that this will be the focus of Two Hat in the future.
“We have been collaborating with Xbox and the Microsoft team for several years and share the passion and drive to make meaningful change in the advancement of online civility and citizenship,” said Two Hat founder Chris Priebe and CEO Steve Parkis in a joint statement. “We are committed to ensuring that safety, inclusion, and online health and wellness are always at the forefront of our work, and by joining Microsoft, we will be able to provide the greatest concentration of talent, resources, and insight required to further this vision.”
Microsoft was only one of Two Hat’s customers prior to today’s announcement, and that will not change following the acquisition. “This is a significant investment by Microsoft in assisting and serving Two Hat’s existing customers, prospective new customers, and multiple product and service experiences,” the company said. “With this acquisition, we will assist global online communities in becoming safer and more inclusive places for everyone to participate, positively contribute, and thrive.”
Since 2019, Microsoft has prioritized the fight against toxicity and abuse. At the time, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer stated, “Gaming is for everyone.” This acquisition should help us achieve that goal.