Microsoft hosts GDC party with half naked female dancers dressed in School girl costume at Xbox event. Just hours after hosting its annual “Women in Gaming” luncheon at the 2016 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft threw a party at a local club that featured half naked dancing girls on raised platforms. Understandably, this is problematic for the maker of the Xbox.
Microsoft is being attacked after they made the decision to feature female dancers in schoolgirl costumes as the entertainment at a recent event. The company hired the ladies to work at their official Xbox party at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco on Thursday night.
They came under fire as soon as party goers started sharing photos and video from the event that showed the women dancing on stage in front of the largely male crowd.
Microsoft apologized for hosting a crew of scantily clad dancers dressed as school girls at a company after-party on Thursday night following the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) March 19, 2016
Head of Xbox Phil Spencer said:
“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,” Spencer writes. “That was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated…When we do the opposite, and create an environment that alienates or offends any group, we justly deserve the criticism.”
“It’s unfortunate that such events could take place in a week where we worked so hard to engage the many different gaming communities in the exact opposite way”
“I am personally committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion is central to our everyday business and our core values as a team – inside and outside the company. We need to hold ourselves to higher standards and we will do better in the future”.
Pictures and videos of the dancer quickly went viral on Twitter and Instagram, as visitors documented the event and voiced their anger at Microsoft.
This is how the games industry excludes women: By pretending we don’t exist and having dev parties with strippers. pic.twitter.com/9GsYyEAQOo
— Jennifer Scheurle (@Gaohmee) March 18, 2016