Last Friday, Xed Brazil video host Isadora Basile announced that Microsoft has severed ties with it. In a tweet, she said she had been regularly harassed by members of the local Xbox community since she was hired in early September, and that the harassment was part of a decision to terminate her contract.
Cat has been in contact with Basile all week to learn more about the situation.
“After all, I seem to have become too much of a problem,” Basile explained Cat via email. She said she was supported by Xbox Brazil during difficult times, but learned that her dismissal was partly informed by fan abuse.
Microsoft, after initially not admitting harassment in two statements last week, was quoted by IGN today he says Basil’s dismissal is “unrelated” to harassment.
The situation began to explode publicly on Friday when Basil tweeted that her time on Xbox was over. It was a challenging task, she noted.
“I was harassed of all kinds, with people saying I was not ‘worthy’ of my job to rape and threaten death and aggression to expose tense situations,” Basile wrote. Twitter on Friday night, according to independent translation.
“Thanks to all this harassment, Microsoft decided it was the best [to] I cut ties with myself as a host so as not to be more exposed to situations like these. I respect the decision made by Microsoft. My love for them will be the same as always. ”
Basile told Cat this week she was informed of the termination of her contract during a conversation with representatives of her talent agency and Microsoft Brazil. Her job was commissioned by the agency and was doing well in her estimation, but she was told that Microsoft was changing course. She understood that the decision was guided at least in part by initiative announced in August from the Xbox team at Microsoft headquarters to transfer regional communications to the centralized Xbox Wire information channel.
But she said she was also told that Xbox Brazil wanted to remove the hosts altogether so as not to harass anyone in the community. It remains unclear at what level this decision was made.
In a statement to Cat Earlier this week, an Xbox spokesman dismissed Basile’s allegations, reiterating the company’s plans to consolidate official Xbox Wire news.
“We’ve made some changes to our original Xbox programming strategy in Brazil, which has led to fewer channels,” an Xbox spokesman said. “We thank Isadora Basile and the agency’s talented crew who helped create the Xbox News Show, for their creativity and contribution. Moving forward, the Xbox Wire portal will be our only source for news and impactful content. The XboxBR channel will continue to experiment with new ways to delight Brazilian gamers. “
Xbox Brazil released a a similar statement on Twitter in Brazilian Portuguese last Friday night.
Microsoft had refused to take a further look at our situation when it was clicked, but provided a different and more direct statement published on IGN today.
“We do not tolerate harassment or disrespectful behavior of any kind and have taken action to support Isadora when personal attacks on her have come to our attention,” an Xbox spokesman said. IGN. “Last week’s program changes are not related. They are a direct result of our ongoing efforts to reach more players in more languages with real-time news and comprehensive information available from our global news store, Xbox Wire. “
While Basil’s announcement rightly provoked righteous rage among people upset by her attitude, she also said Cat that Xbox Brazil has supported before. For example, when an Xbox fan page on Facebook posted a post objectifying it because of its brand affiliation, it said that Microsoft quickly downloaded the page. But that only makes the decision to let her become even more confusing.
“I’m grateful for the time Microsoft and I spent together,” Basile added in a separate email to Cat. “It was really a pleasure. There are a lot of great people in the Brazilian team and it was great to be with them this time. “
This is not the first time Microsoft has had to fight its own toxic fans in Brazil. Back in June, Deputy announced that Microsoft officially distances himself by a group known as Xbox Mil Grau after a public protest over Mil Grau’s racist, sexist and transphobic behavior online. Despite his reputation, Mill Grau enjoyed a relationship with Microsoft that, according to Brazilian gaming journalist Bruna Penilhas, gave members the opportunity to join Xbox CEO Phil Spencer on stage during an Xbox Brazil presentation and even be taken to E3. 2018 by Mixer, now a non-functioning Microsoft streaming platform.
Basile’s situation is no surprise to anyone who spends any time in the gaming community. The mainstream of fanaticism that has existed in the gaming industry and gaming culture for decades has erupted in the last few years into a geyser of unrepentant harassment against minorities from all walks of life. An outspoken contingent of video game fans grows as soon as a woman joins the hobby, and massive corporations often fail to effectively use their leadership positions in the space to do something about it.
Although the spotlight is currently on Brazil, it is a truly global problem. He will continue to inflate, pushing out every woman, every black man, every non-cis, heterosexual, white dude, only if the culture doesn’t change fundamentally. And that would really suck.