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Half-Naked Women At Xbox Event Not Exactly Good Look For Microsoft

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 18/03/2016 Damon Beres
MICROSOFT GDC © Kamina Vincent MICROSOFT GDC

Women, who are routinely disrespected by the video game industry, took another hit Thursday night, judging from photos and other reports out of a Microsoft-backed event.

Women in matching scanty costumes were hired to entertain guests at Microsoft's Game Developers Conference party in San Francisco, attendees alleged on social media. GDC is an annual industry event where thousands of professionals gather to talk about new developments in the gaming space -- so you can imagine some people weren't thrilled by the display. 

Kamina Vincent told The Huffington Post that she was present for the event. She provided photographs that she said were taken by a friend.

"I arrived at the GDC 16 Microsoft party and saw two women who stood out," Vincent said. "They were immediately noticeable from their outfits because they seemed dressed completely differently to everyone else for the event, wearing a cleavage enhancing crop top and short miniskirt."

"She introduced herself and asked if we were having fun," Vincent continued. "I asked what her role was at the party. She told me that they had been hired to speak with attendees and encourage them to the dance floor."

You can read some of Vincent's tweets from the party below: 

Game designer Farah Khalaf and artist Henning Ludvigsen also shared photos of the party: 

Great fun at the Microsoft Xbox party with a million geeks! 😁 #gamedev #gdc #gdcplay #sanfrancisco

A photo posted by Henning Ludvigsen (@henningludvigsen) on Mar 17, 2016 at 11:29pm PDT

A Microsoft representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In an ironic twist, Business Insider reported that the company had sponsored a "Women in Games" lunch earlier in the day.

Game developers and the media were swift to eviscerate Microsoft on Twitter.

Meanwhile, only 26.8 percent of Microsoft's workforce is female.

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