Head of Xbox and the visionary behind the success of Xbox One, Phil Spener, is now a member of Microsoft leadership group. He was made the head of Xbox division soon after the release of Xbox One. He took the console out of the ditch and made the brand strong enough to compete with PlayStation once again.
Spencer has been with Microsoft since 1988 and after 3 decades is now among the top 16 execs at the company. CEO Satya Nadella informed the company employee via an official email regarding spencer’s promotion. He praised Spencer’s contributions to the company.
Spencer led the success of Halo, Gears of War, and Forza Motorsport just to name a few IPs. He also led the expansion of cross-platform gaming on Xbox Live. His successful merger of Windows 10 and Xbox are one of his notable achievements.
Spencer is both a passionate gamer and seasoned gaming executive serving more than 15 years in the gaming industry leading global business, creative and engineering teams. Spencer has held various roles across Microsoft including Head of Xbox, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Studios, and GM, Microsoft Game Studios EMEA. In these roles, Spencer led the Xbox organization with the launches of Xbox One S and Xbox One X, the acquisition of Minecraft and influenced blockbuster game franchises from “Halo,” “Gears of War,” “Forza Motorsport,” as well as Microsoft Publishing. He’s also led the expansion of cross-platform gaming with Xbox Live, which now counts more than 50 million monthly active users.
While Spencer has been responsible for the success of Xbox One, he has been unable to maintain first party studios. Many are shut down or are unable to deliver quality products.