Monday, March 31, 2014

Phil Spencer, New head of Xbox game division.

Written and Edited by Lynn Gerena


In some news that should be considered great news for Xbox fans. Phil Spencer will take over as the new overall chief of the Xbox business.



E3MicrosoftPhilSpencer-990x556Microsoft Game Studios chief Phil Spencer has been given oversight of Xbox and Xbox Live, which are combining under the games group.

Microsoft’s decision will likely be popular among gamers, as Spencer is intimately familiar with game development. He will take on that role at a time when Microsoft has been losing ground to Sony in the core game business.

In making the announcement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the move is meant to allow the company to “keep gaming close to the group developing operating systems across devices.”

Spencer replaces Marc Whitten, the former chief product officer for Xbox, as the new head of Xbox. Whitten left to become the chief technology officer of audio tech firm Sonos.

Spencer will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams at Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios. Spencer will report to Microsoft executive Terry Myerson, according to a post by Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella. That means that Microsoft will keep “gaming close to the group developing operating systems across devices,” Nadella said.

“Our community is at the heart of what we do at Xbox. Whether it is meeting thousands of fans at the launch of Xbox One, talking at industry events or hearing from gamers on Twitter and Xbox Live, I am actively listening and I am motivated to do what’s right for fans who’ve invested their time, hearts, and money in the products we build,” Spencer said in a blog post. “You have been the most important part of the success Xbox has had to-date and you are a critical voice as we continue the journey. Let’s keep the conversation going.”

This should give a some positive light for Xbox gamers that were worried about what would happen with the company. It looks as if Xbox and Xbox Live are in good hands after Marc Whitten.

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