Buyers of video game consoles in Israel have been urged to be more vigilant about their purchases as a growing number of Israeli gamers have been targeted for violent attacks.
“As the threat to gaming has increased, we cannot ignore it,” Israel’s gaming board Netanya said on Tuesday, adding that it was taking additional measures to ensure that consumers were not vulnerable.
Netanya said that it would increase security measures, such as posting a warning on its website and conducting searches on social media for gamers.
The board is the country’s largest and most influential gaming company, with nearly 30,000 employees and an annual turnover of $15 billion.
It is also a major source of revenue for the government, which has invested billions of dollars in the sector over the past decade.
“I will be more diligent and take all necessary measures to make sure that we do not allow gamers to be exploited by anyone,” Netanya chairman Dovid Levin said.
Netanyahu, who is a vocal gamer, has blamed gamers for the countrys violent crackdown on gamers in recent years, which led to an increase in attacks on Jews, particularly those living in the south of the country.
Netanyas own board is also accused of playing a key role in the killing of two Israeli gamers in 2015.
A video posted on social networking sites showed the company’s security officers handcuffing and beating the man in a parking lot, while others gathered around to watch.
The Israeli gaming board also posted videos showing security forces handcuff a young Israeli boy who was holding a PlayStation controller in his hand and taking him into custody.
The video showed the boy being dragged into the back of a police car and later handcuffed, as a crowd watched.
The Israel Gaming Board also has an office in New York and has hired a private security firm to handle security at its board offices.
Netania said that the board’s decision to hire private security services “in accordance with our guidelines” is in line with its commitment to protect consumers.
NetANYAS president and CEO Elisabeth Ben-Hochman said the board would make all necessary security measures to protect the privacy and security of its customers.
“We cannot allow anyone to abuse this trust we place in our customers,” she said.
“Security is our most important asset, so the Board will take all appropriate steps to secure our systems and data, and to ensure the security of our customers.”
Ben-Hozman said that NetANYAS would take measures to keep its customers safe.
“Our mission is to provide the best possible service to our customers, and we will take the necessary measures as required to ensure our users are protected,” she added.
NetYA is one of a number of companies that have faced criticism for its role in helping to fund extremist groups.
In December, a group of Jewish extremists took the board to court for alleged breach of contract and defamation.
Netyas lawyer, Avi Schonfeld, said that while the board was aware that the company had a history of funding extremist groups, it did not intend to give “a platform for terrorists” to operate.
Schonfeld argued that NetYA’s board is not linked to any terrorist organization.
NetYa has faced criticism in recent months for supporting Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli military has carried out dozens of attacks.
Netyanas board also has a history with extremist groups in Israel, as well as in the United States, where it has played a major role in promoting Israel’s campaign against Hamas.