Xbox Boss Asks Gamers To 'Respect' Creators And Avoid Toxicity
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Xbox boss and Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer was the recipient of the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony last week, and he had some key words for gamers in a post-awards interview.

As highlighted by IGN, Spencer was asked if he had a message to share to the players, and he used the opportunity to suggest that game creators need to be respected and celebrated, which unfortunately isn't always the case:

"[K]eep playing, keep using your voice, understand the power of creativity, the power of community. And the other thing I would just say is, let's respect creators. I think it's very often that creations can be kind of weaponized and used in battles between platforms and other things.

I look at everybody who is brave enough to create something, put it out...have their peers, the industry, players, play and analyze and talk about what they do, and let's just celebrate the fact that so many great games are coming out from so many creators, and realize that's such a foundation for where this industry is going to go."

IGN also pointed out that Spencer spoke about toxicity in general as part of his awards speech at the D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony, explaining that the games industry should be doing "everything possible to ensure that this entire industry is about treating every single person with dignity and respect."

Key words from Phil, then, and we certainly agree with them. The Xbox boss has stated in the past that he "despises" console war toxicity, so his comments don't come as much of a surprise, but they're great to hear all the same.

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