Phil Spencer: Microsoft was wrong in hosting a party with go-go dancers

Phil Spencer: Microsoft was wrong in hosting a party with go-go dancers

In a statement released on Friday, Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer said that the company was “unequivocally wrong” in hiring go-go dancers for its Thursday night Xbox party during the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

In an apology for hosting the party with half-naked female dancers, who greeted the attendees and danced on platform, Spencer said that the widely-slammed after-hours entertainment at the GDC “represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was absolutely not consistent or aligned to our values.”

Incidentally, the Xbox party, which triggered a firestorm of criticism last week, was hosted by Microsoft within a few hours of a ‘Women in Gaming’ event sponsored by the company for promotion of diversity in the gaming industry.

With the gaming industry already struggling to overcome longstanding criticism pertaining to an apparent objectification of women in video games, and making women feel unwelcome as gamers as well as game developers, the attendees at Microsoft’s Xbox party evidently found it offensive and unappreciable to witness the performance of the scantily-attired go-go dancers.

Asserting that Microsoft deserved all the criticism it was getting for having go-go dancers at the Xbox party, Spencer said in an email to employees: “I am personally committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion is central to our everyday business.”


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