Microsoft and Xbox have come under fire this week after the revealing sight of paid exotic dancers in school girl outfits were on hand to entertain the guests at their post GDC (Game Developer Conference) party. This didn’t go down too well with said guests, nor with the bigwigs of some of the company’s departments, such as the Xbox side.
In a statement on the Xbox Wire, head of Xbox Phil Spencer had the following to say on the matter;
“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. That was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated. This matter is being handled internally, but let me be very clear – how we represent ourselves as individuals, who we hire and partner with and how we engage with others is a direct reflection of our brand and what we stand for. When we do the opposite, and create an environment that alienates or offends any group, we justly deserve the criticism.”
Xbox marketing head Aaron Greenberg also had something to say, and by the looks of it, someone in the events department is going to get a slap on the wrist. What makes it so offensive to many is that Microsoft held a Women in Gaming gathering, similar to what they had last year. This followed up with a party involving paid exotic dancers in school girl outfits.
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) March 18, 2016
The public consensus is rather mixed over the whole ordeal, with some saying that as a gaming event, comparing this to what gamers see in the likes of GTA V or even The Witcher 3, which both feature nudity, whereas these were paid professionals hired to entertain. Would it have been a better bet to have some male dancers included as well? It’s all very sensitive, but on the grounds of what happened following a ‘get more women into gaming’ earlier that day, it’s a bit hit and miss entirely.
[Source: Xbox Wire]