Phil Spencer has been named CEO of the new Microsoft Gaming division. It includes all of the company's gaming assets. This means that now all the heads of Microsoft's gaming business will report directly to Spencer. Phil Spencer also announced the changes in an email to Xbox employees.
Microsoft is committed to our journey for inclusion in every aspect of gaming, among both employees and players. We deeply value individual studio cultures. We also believe that creative success and autonomy go hand-in-hand with treating every person with dignity and respect. We hold all teams, and all leaders, to this commitment. We're looking forward to extending our culture of proactive inclusion to the great teams across Activision Blizzard.
Recall that Spencer previously served as Executive Vice-President of Gaming at Microsoft, although he was also often referred to simply as "the head of Xbox." In his role as CEO of Microsoft Gaming, he will be responsible for both all games released and the Xbox game consoles. This change shows how serious Microsoft is about their gaming business.
The Spencer's position change has been caused by Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft to acquire the latter for $68.7 billion. After completing the deal, the Redmond firm promises to redistribute Activision titles via Xbox Game Pass, and to issue new Sony PlayStation games. Xbox Game Pass now has 25 million subscribers, which will probably see Diablo and CoD among the available games.
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