Mixer, the popular streaming platform owned by Microsoft, has come under fire after being accused of racism by a former employee. Mixer first launched in 2016 as Beam, before being acquired by Microsoft in 2017 and integrated into their Xbox platform. During the last year or so, Mixer has striven to increase its market share in the streaming world by signing many top streamers including Ninja, Shroud & Ewok.
Milly, a former Mixer employee, recently released a statement online titled “Mixer: The Black Experience” where they detailed racism within the company and the lack of care by Mixer towards its partners. We have to stress that right now these are just allegations, and we will not claim that they are true or false until the situation is resolved and a verdict is reached either by law or Mixer themselves.
In the statement, Milly states that he began working for Microsoft in 2017 before moving over to the Mixer division in 2018. During that time, they heard the manager refer to themselves as the “slave master” when referring to the control they have over Mixer partners and can determine whether a streamer has success or not.
My manager decided to give us an analogy, that analogy was “I’m in between a rock and a hard place. What I mean is all the partners are my slaves, I own their content. I control their success on our platform. For me I am the slave master, I own partners”.
After expressing his anger towards this statement, he was told that he “need to work on myself. If I wanted to go far in this industry I need to work on my emotions and feelings to similar comments.”
Milly filed reports with management and HR, and an investigation was conducted after Milly had already left the company. The investigation ultimately came back as not guilty.
The reason my manager was not penalized and the reason she still has her job today is because she CANNOT be racist. The reason she CANNOT be racist is because she hired a black person.
After this statement was released, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer replied asking for Milly to contact him so he could investigate. So it will be interesting to see if any developments are made or a public statement is released in the future.