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Microsoft promotes Phil Spencer to VP of Gaming, Senior Leadership Team

Microsoft promotes Phil Spencer to VP of Gaming, Senior Leadership Team”

Microsoft has promoted Xbox chief Phil Spencer to executive vice president of gaming at the company, and it has elevated him to a position on its senior leadership team. The change also seems to fit with Spencer's recent strategy behind Xbox and Windows 10 gaming, blurring the lines between the two to make sure that gamers are simply playing on a Microsoft platform.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is informing employees today, September 19, that Phi Spencer - who is now Executive Vice President of Gaming at Microsoft - to the SLT. But they are a relatively small part of the company's overall profits.

With this kind of numbers being pulled off, Microsoft's agreement with Bluehole to bring the game to Xbox One first this Holiday season definitely feels more important and everyone is starting to wonder whether PUBG can enjoy the same level of success on Microsoft's console.

Microsoft's gaming arm will continue to share resources with the company's Windows and Devices Group; there will be no changes to the financial reporting segments. Spencer led the launch of both Xbox One S and Xbox One X and has also helped drive growth for Xbox Live, which now counts 52 million monthly active users. Microsoft has an event on October 3 in San Francisco, and the headsets are expected to be available on October 17.

Gaming, Nadella said at the time, was much more than console sales for Microsoft, mentioning the company's initiatives in livestreaming, social media and subscription services, among other things.

The promotion isn't the only big change at Microsoft this week.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is out now on PC via Steam Early Access, and is due to get a launch on Xbox One via Game Preview before the end of this year.



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