Microsoft severs ties with YouTube personality following Xbox One event

Company says it will not work with controversial British personality Olajide "KSI" Olatunji again.

Microsoft has severed all ties with controversial British YouTube personality Olajide "KSI" Olatunji following his appearance at an Xbox One event last night in Leicester Square, London.

KSI, whose YouTube channel boasts more than 4 million subscribers, performed at the event with rapper Sway. He will not work on Microsoft's behalf again.

"At the Xbox One launch in London last night, KSI performed a song with three other artists, which was one part of a ten-hour event featuring a main stage show, Xbox One gameplay, and a midnight launch for hundreds of our fans," a Microsoft spokesperson told GamesIndustry International. "This does not represent Microsoft's endorsement of KSI's personal views, and we are not planning on working with KSI in the future."

Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison, speaking from the event in London last night, told the site that he was not aware of Olatunji's reputation. Olatunji has not commented on Microsoft's decision to drop him.

Olatunji has been a controversial figure. Last year, he was banned from all future Eurogamer Expo events based on his actions towards women during the show. He would later apologize and remove the video from his account, though other videos show him conducting himself similarly in public.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

134 comments
soulless4now
soulless4now

WTH did he do? This article is like a cliffhanger. 

isshiah
isshiah

Guy acts like jerk, people upset. Wow

tightwad34
tightwad34

The guy seems like a huge douchebag, and why does he constantly have to sway back and forth? Makes me think he may be a little bit autistic, kind of jk. Don't get me wrong nothing wrong with autism as obviously they never had a choice. I have a cousin who's severely autistic and he's constantly rocking back and forth in the rocking chair whenever he comes over.

killanthropist
killanthropist

If u wanna find the video click the link above titled "banned from all future eurogamer events"

19James89
19James89

Who in the blue moon is KSI?

prats93
prats93

Courtesy of Matt Lees from Videogamer.com for exposing this wanker for what he is.

sadface1234
sadface1234

so wtf did he actually do??? seriously got some work to do there bud...

nparks
nparks

I read this story and at the end had no more idea what happened than before I started.  Maybe a little exposition or context next time, Gamespot?

MikefStktn
MikefStktn

so does Microsoft cut ties with all the guys that harass girls online or do they keep taking the money?


Ambivalist
Ambivalist

Wait. Is the part of this article that actually says what happened missing?

Shewgenja
Shewgenja

He actually asked the girl if he could motorboat her and she said "yes".  Then a bunch of pansy morons started saying he sexually assaulted her.  The real kicker?  No one asked her if he had or not.  She would have said no, it was not an assault in any way.

CrowScythe
CrowScythe

Honestly, he didn't do anything in the performance that was worth "severing ties" over.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Honestly Microsoft. You just informed half the world that this guy exists. So much for not "working with him". lol

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Whether or not his reputation is deserved (seriously, who is this guy?) it's unfortunate that they managed to get a photo of the guy staring at some woman's chest. :-L

lionheart051
lionheart051

M$ the gift that keeps on giving lol.  Don't know who this guy is though, but he seems bad and scumy, and M$ had dealings with him so i am not surprised.

Xyllix
Xyllix

Kassem G is the fucking same as KSI. Frankly I don't give a shit about a bit of sexual jokes and whatnot, but everyone on this site seems to enjoy being a humorless whiteknight.

Mraou
Mraou

This is why millions of people are leaving GameSpot.

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

Thanks to the Good Guy commenters here, because the news story doesn't tell you anything about what he actually did. It just tells me that some guy I never heard of performed with some other guy I never heard of and Microsoft didn't like it.

ck10304
ck10304

Hey GS how about a video showing this dude and why he is so controversial instead of a video about hardware specifications? One seems a little more relevant/pertinent than the other

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

Sry I don't follow idiots so any "one" person on youtube gets nothing from me.

stev69
stev69

@19James89 I don't know either, but I somehow feel better off remaining ignorant in this matter.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Kickable Yeah, maybe I should hold off on scolding him for writing some of the most pointless articles on the internet, and this is right up there. Guess I should have realized he doesn't have much of a say in it which I think is bullshit. But at least he has a choice to tell em' to f-off but I'm sure he gets paid well and I don't see him as a sell out....yet.

Karrez
Karrez

@MikefStktn Microsoft is not endorsing the behaviour of their customers, and never claimed to be. This is why terms of service exists. There's a difference between having assholes in your general customer pool, and having an asshole publicly represent your company in a bad light. The former is a given with the amount of stupid people available, the latter is a matter of personal relations that all companies are very keen on approaching appropriately - not just Microsoft. 

Thyasianman
Thyasianman

@Shewgenja I wouldn't take much offense out of that because she gave him consent to do it. Definitely unprofessional but not offensive. Now what was offensive is him talking about fingering with some random girl who obviously didn't like it and just going up to a girl and saying her tits weren't out. 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@hadlee73 If a major corporation tells people you are unprofessional, is the first thing you will expect be job opportunities?

prats93
prats93

Except Kassem G is actually funny and a lot of his work is scripted and planned out. KSI walks up to some random booth girl at the Eurogamer expo and asks her where her tits are. Not the same.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@AggrandizedUser Now, I'm not too familiar with this "KSI", but it sounds like he and the frag dolls are not at all the same.

Gamespot users really should be less violently allergic to this type of coverage. Pretending that sexism shouldn't be written about and/or doesn't exist (except when you want it to) is just dumb.

surrealme
surrealme

@Mraou If coverage of actual real world issues causes people to leave who go into an apoplectic fit any time sexism, racism, or gender issues are discussed, good riddance. It's unbelievable how insecure in their own feeble masculinity some people are in the GS community. No one will miss the douchebaggery.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@Mraou  nah, it was shit reviews. And offensive lack of criteria by sheep users.

frylock1987
frylock1987

@Mraou  

WHOA THERE......Calm the fuck down....Gamestop hasn't even broken 100,000 users in its entire existence. 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@AyatollaofRnR I really try to cut slack for Eddie, but sometimes it's hard when you see shit like this. But I hear he's really shy and I'm pretty sure that's why he never defends his "work".

hadlee73
hadlee73

@00LiteYear @hadlee73 That's not the point. If you give him free publicity then he gets Youtube hits because people want to see what all the fuss is about. If he gets hits and gets advertising revenue because of it, then MS may as well just employee him. Its daft.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@hadlee73 He was famous enough to get hired, so I would think negative publicity wouldn't make a difference in him getting more views. The fact is that Microsoft regrets hiring the guy, and the public reacted to KSI and want someone to answer for his appearance. Maybe it was all KSI's big plan.

revlux88
revlux88

@AggrandizedUser @parrot_of_adun I understand what you mean. It does appear to be a bit of a double standard. We find it repulsive when one group demeans another -which it is. Though we have no problem when one group demeans themselves for the enjoyment of another group. I'm not saying that is or isn't the case b/c I've only heard of the "Frag Dolls" and "KSI" and never actually watched anything from them. Which makes it impossible for me to have an opinion either way. Why do I suddenly feel like part of the problem...?

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@AggrandizedUser @parrot_of_adun I think the issue is the fact you demean men and we couldn't give a rat's arse. You demean women andit's the end of the %^&*( world. Seriously. Who the hell needs to hug the damn tree and who relizes they can just cut the damn thing down? Sexism is a lot like racism. Pointless and coming from idiots so why the hell are we still responding to them by acting just like them?

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@AggrandizedUser @parrot_of_adun Then you have a bafflingly simple understanding of the world. What they do is not identical. The effects they have are not identical. Even the one way they could be considered similar exists through completely different means. Either your world is so black and white as to exclude most of reality from your consideration, or you just don't know what "equal" means. Either way, I can't imagine this going anywhere. Have a nice day!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@AggrandizedUser @parrot_of_adun The manner in which the frag dolls might be considered demeaning is in a vastly different manner (and to a far lesser degree) than the way KSI is certainly a sexist prick. "Equally" was very much the wrong word to use. "In some dissimilar way, vaguely unhelpful to women" might have made more sense.