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Read the Email the Xbox Team at Microsoft Just Received About Sexism

Company responds swiftly to backlash over sexist event.


Microsoft held a party with overtly sexist themes at GDC 2016 this week — one that Xbox chief Phil Spencer today called “unequivocally wrong.” It’s a troubling incident in a long history of sexism at professional conferences and events in the gaming industry, especially considering Microsoft’s enormous influence. The party, which showcased women in revealing costumes dancing on podiums, served to alienate several attendees who shared their discomfort and disappointment online.

Spencer quickly denounced and disavowed his company’s actions today, stating that the event “represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was not consistent or aligned to our values.” He said the behavior “will not be tolerated” and that Microsoft “will do better in the future.”

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