Microsoft Studios executive Phil Spencer is now “Head of Xbox.” Spencer will now be leading Xbox, Xbox Live and the creative teams at Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.

“Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself. I am incredibly proud of the talented Xbox employees around the world and believe, like they do, in the power of technology to bring games and entertainment to life across console, PC, tablet and mobile devices,” Spencer said in a statement on the Xbox Wire. “It’s been a remarkable year for Xbox and I am honored to lead the team at this incredible time for Microsoft and the games industry.”

Spencer promises he is “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 will report to Microsoft operating systems executive Terry Myerson according to an email sent to employees today.

“Phil will report to Terry Myerson, allowing us to keep gaming close to the group developing operating systems across devices. In this new job, Phil will lead the Xbox, Xbox Live, Xbox Music and Xbox Video teams, and Microsoft Studios,” said CEO Satya Nadella in an email to employees.

Spencer talked about the past year in his blog post. “This past year has been a growth experience both for me and for the entire Xbox team. We’ve taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer.”

Spencer was the obvious choice to lead Xbox. It’s a great choice, also. Spencer loves games and will use that love to push for great things at Xbox. A solid Gears of War game from Black Tusk would be a good start.

Spencer signs off his blog post with, “You will hear much more as we head into E3, but we are at the beginning of an incredible new chapter for Xbox and I can’t wait for the days and years ahead. This is going to be fun.”

Can’t wait!

What are your thoughts about Phil Spencer’s promotion? Like it? Or, is there a better choice?


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