In his keynote at the game industry’s DICE convention today, Xbox chief Phil Spencer called on game companies to embrace inclusivity, and to fix toxic biases that make women and minorities feel unwelcome — both working at game companies and interacting in gaming’s online spaces. Spencer said that he has spent the last four years at Microsoft grappling with a mission to create a more inclusive environment. And he talked about mistakes made along the way, including an infamous Game Developers Conference party in 2016, when the company hired scantily clad women as dancers. “In order for us to do our best work, we need our work environment to work well,” said Spencer, executive vice president of gaming at Microsoft. “If that is broken, everything stumbles.” Spencer did not offer any specific data on changes he has implemented at Microsoft, but he spoke of his own experiences since he was appointed to head up the Xbox operation in early 2014. “The team was in a world of pain,” he said. “We hadn’t done our best work with the launch of Xbox One. Market share was taking a nosedive. It was painful to read all the headlines. The team thought the… Read full this story
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