Microsoft Apologizes For Xbox GDC Party With Dancers In Skimpy Outfits


Barely a few hours after its "women in gaming" luncheon at the Xbox Game Developers Conference, Microsoft made a big blunder and undid its work by hosting a party that had skimpily clad dancers.

The Redmond-based company was quick to come under fire on social media once images of dancers in school girl uniforms emerged online.

The incident came to light after Kamina Vincent, the editor of Tin Man Games, tweeted her displeasure.

The photos of the party surfaced soon after all over the Internet wherein people expressed their anger. Twitter users were quick to express their displeasure.

Vincent also shared some more images of the dancers.

This prompted an apology from Microsoft for hiring dancers who were dressed as skimpily clad schoolgirls for its GDC after-party on Thursday in San Francisco.

"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," noted Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox. "That was unequivocally wrong and will not be tolerated."

Spencer also noted that the company would be dealing with the issue on an internal level.

Xbox Head of Marketing Aaron Greenberg also expressed his disappointment.

Tech companies have been under a lot of scrutiny over diversity and equality issues at the workplace and the current fiasco is representative of the sexist undercurrents that plague the Silicon Valley.

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