Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Discusses Studio Acquisitions, Doesn’t Want EA
As many gamers may be aware, Microsoft used 2018 to acquire a bounty of studios. During the Xbox presentation at E3 back in June, Phil Spencer announced that they had taken ownership of several creative teams, including Ninja Theory, the studio behind the brilliant Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice.
That said, Microsoft hasn’t stopped picking up studios, with Obsidian Entertainment being the latest. Phil Spencer recently spoke about the company’s philosophy behind acquiring other teams, while also providing a reason as to why they aren’t interested in the likes of EA.
“If you watch the studio acquisitions we’ve done, we’re focused on creative teams that we think can build very interesting content to help the flywheel Game Pass grow and our platforms grow,” Spencer said during the Barclays 2018 Global Technology conference. “We’re probably less interested in management teams and infrastructure and things that we already have inside of our organization. And you can just look at the track record. We’ve added seven studios in six months, and if you look at them, I think you’ll see certain evaluations.”
The Xboss added, “But more importantly, the creative teams that we’re picking up, [we’re doing it] knowing that we can then plug them into a Microsoft infrastructure, an Xbox infrastructure to help those teams succeed, with more solid funding, alignment towards goals around Game Pass, reaching gamers everywhere. And we don’t have to pay for some of the things that some of the bigger publishers have, that we probably already have under our roof.”
Overall, the Microsoft team is looking to add more studios that will fit into their brand and help grow into something larger. Phil Spencer summed it up into not wanting redundancy, saying, “Our focus hasn’t been on going out and adding duplicative functions that we’d be paying for that I don’t think we need, but more on how we can find the creative independent teams out there. And I feel really good about the path that we’re on right now.”
Whatever is to come, we’re sure gamers everywhere are going to enjoy it. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as we learn more, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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