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Phil Spencer is the new head of Microsoft’s Xbox division

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Posted on March 31, 2014 AT 08:54am

Phil Spencer is the new head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, the company has announced. Spencer, who was serving as head of Microsoft Studios, will now be in charge of everything Xbox, including Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video.

“Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world’s most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself,” Spencer said in a statement. ”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.

“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.

“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.  Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation,” he added.

“As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.

“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.”

Nick Baumfeld Editor-in-chief
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

Gaming MO: Nick is a first person shooter type of gamer and enjoys heated bouts of Halo with friends and family (even while being schooled by his children).

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