Microsoft regrets hosting a party and said it was “unequivocally wrong” for hiring scantily dressed female dancers at the video game developers’ conference. This has created a firestorm of criticism this week.
Microsoft has been struggling in the gaming industry to triumph over the longstanding complaints. It has been accused that the company has objectified women and made them feel unwelcome as players and game-builders.
For which the Redmond-based company has issued a statement saying the after-hours entertainment “represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was absolutely not consistent or aligned to our values.”
The female dancers were dressed in school-girl outfits and greeted party-goers and danced on platforms. When Bloomberg approached the Xbox spokeswoman, she declined to answer questions about the dancers. The party was organised on Thursday night at the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The company was quick to come under fire from social media as the photos of dancers who were wearing school girl uniforms emerged online. Several people who attended the after-hours party went on social media to criticise and they were offended and disappointed at watching the go-go dancers.
Furthermore, some even notified that Microsoft had sponsored a “Women in Gaming” just hours earlier at the luncheon in order to promote diversity in the industry.
Tech Times notes that Xbox chief Phil Spencer released a statement saying, “It has come to my attention that at Xbox-hosted events at GDC this past week, we represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was absolutely not consistent or aligned to our values,” and added “that was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated.”
The publication also cited that Spencer had also sent an email to their employees that said the criticism was deserved. “I am personally committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion is central to our everyday business,” he added.