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Postby Going South » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:25 pm

Microsoft Apologizes After Xbox Party Includes Scantily Clad Women

Microsoft Corp. apologized after a party it hosted on the sidelines of a major videogame-industry conference last week included women in sexualized outfits who danced and mingled with attendees.

Microsoft’s Xbox party took place Thursday night in San Francisco, amid the Game Developers Conference and just hours after Microsoft held a networking luncheon for women in the industry. It also came nearly a week after the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, where a summit focused on online harassment in the industry.

Word and photos of the Microsoft-hosted event spread quickly on social media. The appearance of scantily clad women at the event clashed with the tech industry’s recent efforts to be more inclusive of women, particularly in the aftermath of “gamergate” and after years of criticism over “booth babes” appearing at conference events.

Microsoft apologized in a blog post Friday, saying the party “did not reflect the core values and beliefs of Xbox.” It also published an email sent to staffers by Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox videogame business, that was critical of what took place.

“We represented Xbox and Microsoft in a way that was absolutely not consistent or aligned to our values,” he said in the email. “That was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated. We must ensure that diversity and inclusion are central to our everyday business and core values.”

Kamina Vincent of Melbourne, Australia, attended the party to network with other game developers. She described seeing several women in plaid miniskirts and revealing crop tops and said she asked them why they were there. The women said they were hired to mingle with attendees and encourage them to dance, according to Ms. Vincent.

“It is a party, but to go to that level of entertainment is uncomfortable,” said Ms. Vincent, 31 years old, who expressed her frustration about the event on Twitter. “Game developers are predominately male and to see women being paid to mingle really devalues women developers.”

Microsoft declined to comment on Ms. Vincent’s account, but shared another email sent to employees by its head of human resources, Kathleen Hogan, about the incident.

“When we heard about this and saw the photos, the entire Senior Leadership Team was embarrassed and appalled,” she wrote. “This is unacceptable in terms of how we treat women and how we represent Microsoft.”

Brianna Wu, a 38-year-old game developer in Boston and outspoken victim of online harassment, said she attended a Microsoft networking party on the sidelines of a game conference in October in San Francisco where women in sexually explicit attire danced with hula hoops.

“It was extremely uncomfortable to be there,” she said. “It sends a message that it’s not for you.”

Microsoft declined to comment.

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