A video host for Xbox Brazil has parted ways with the company after a months-long harassment campaign from elements of the Brazilian gaming community. However, while the host says this decision was a result of her harassment, a Microsoft spokesperson says the split is “unrelated” to the online attacks directed at her.
Isadora Basile announced her new job at Xbox Brazil in September of this year. Since then she has been bombarded by harassment, ranging from accusations that she’s a ‘fake gamer’ to death and rape threats.
Due to all these harassments, Microsoft decided that it was for the best sever ties with me as a host, so I wouldn’t be more exposed to situations like these that happened.
I respect the decision made by Microsoft. My love for Xbox and Microsoft remains strong, as it always has been. Thank you.”
Earlier this year, Vice reported that Microsoft finally severed ties with the Brazilian YouTube channel Xbox Mil Grau, which was known for spreading racist and sexist rhetoric while receiving products and consoles from Xbox. Xbox Mil Grau was also invited to E3 2018 by Microsoft’s then-streaming platform Mixer.
Xbox Mil Grau fed their fanbase on toxic console wars content and attacked YouTubers and journalists who were critical of Xbox. Microsoft officially severed ties with Xbox Mil Grau, who now go by XMG after being told to stop using the Xbox name.
Given this recent history of toxicity, Microsoft’s statement could be considered partially true, in that it’s aiming to minimize harassment of talent by focusing on delivering news exclusively through Xbox Wire.
However, that doesn’t discount the conflicting narrative regarding Basile, who contends that the harassment she received did factor into Xbox severing ties with her.
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