In an interview with the New York Times, Phil SpencerThe head of Xbox said, I The relationship between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard I change Following allegations of harassment and discrimination in the workplace against the Irvine Giant.
“The work that we do specifically with a partner like Activision is something that, of course, I wouldn’t talk about publicly. We’ve changed how we do some things with them and I’m aware of that,” Spencer said. “But for us, it’s not about openly pillaging other companies. Xbox history isn’t pure.”
With this last sentence, Spencer is referring to the well-known episode of Microsoft’s GDC 2016 party, in which the company hired dancers and undressed for a bit, “a painful moment in Xbox history.”
“One of the things that makes me proud is the way we came out. The work we did as a team, I think we are now stronger thanks to that ring. Instead of pointing fingers at other companies, I prefer helping partners, sharing what we have accomplished and built.”
In November 2021, in an internal email to Xbox employees, Phil Spencer said he was “deeply disturbed by the horrific events and actions” of Activision Blizzard, referring to allegations of workplace harassment, and that management was considering “all aspects of the engagement.” with the Irvine Corporation.
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