Microsoft’s Newly Merged Xbox Division Gets New Boss

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Phil Spencer, formerly the vice president of Microsoft Studios (NASDAQ:MSFT), will become head of the Xbox division, which will be combined with Microsoft Studios. The news came as part of an announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, posted on Monday in the Microsoft News Center. Nadella praised Spencer’s past leadership at Microsoft Studios, calling him the perfect candidate to lead the new combined division.

“He’s helped drive the development of brand-new entertainment offerings like the partnership with the NFL and the formation of Xbox Entertainment Studios,” said Nadella. “I love the way the Xbox team is focused on great games and gaming experiences (go, ‘Titanfall’!), connects with its fans, pushes the boundary of entertainment and has embraced the power of the cloud in such interesting and impactful ways. Phil is the right person to lead Xbox forward.”

Spencer also made a public statement about his new role at Microsoft. His version appeared as a blog post on Xbox Wire, the gaming console franchise’s official news outlet. The byline uses his new title “Head of Xbox.”

Spencer outlined his enthusiasm for his new role at Microsoft and what it means for Xbox fans in his post.

“Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation,” said Spencer. “As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.”

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