This week has seen Xbox being outspoken about its focus on diversity at Xbox Game Studios, and how they're aiming to build games, studios, and communities that support LGBTQIA+ members. Continuing on from these comments, Xbox has now said it is "committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all members of LGBTQIA+ communities".
The original comments came from Xbox Game Studios publishing head Peter Wyse, who told Polygon inclusivity is a major focus for them, and "comes to focus in a game like Tell Me Why". He said: "It speaks to our values around LGBTQIA+ representation, mental health awareness, and more."
Today, a Microsoft spokesperson made a statement to Pink News about the importance of all players being able to experience their games and representing those within LGBTQIA+ communities through their titles.
“Gaming is a big part of the lives of many LGBTQIA+ players and it’s important that we celebrate everyone who plays. At Xbox, we are committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for all members of LGBTQIA+ communities to experience the joy of gaming and we are championing content that represents all of today’s players.
We will continue to do our part to ensure that everyone can play as their authentic selves and feel empowered and represented throughout the industry.”
One of the ways Microsoft is also supporting diversity and inclusion is through a collaboration with Gamerheads, a technology training programme built to support low income youths (15-24) and youths of colour by preparing them for jobs within the games industry. It's a fantastic initiative and one of the many ways Xbox and Microsoft have worked to build up diversity within their ranks.
This month also saw Xbox celebrating Pride month, with Tell Me Why being made available for all players for free, along with in-game items to showcase your colours. The Xbox Gear shop also received a drop of Pride related gear to mark the occasion. Hearing Xbox speak openly about how it plans to include and support all walks of players is a very comforting comment, and further hammers home that it's one of the best places to be to play games.