During Microsoft’s earning call for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 CEO Satya Nadella gave credit to gaming for benefit in other fields, and expressed the will for the field to thrive and drive the company’s growth:
Gaming is the one category we have said that we will invest in it for its own sake, in driving enterprise value our of our gaming, but there are in fact lots of benefits, which come because of technology. In fact the reason why we’re so competitive now in Cortana and speech recognition which I think is core to productivity, it first started with Kinect and Xbox.
So we’ll always have those kind of incidental benefits, but really in gaming we wanna have our first party gaming, Xbox Live, Console and as well as PC gaming thrive and drive our incremental value for us, and Minecraft obviously helps in that context. So that’s how we’ll view the future for how we think about our businesses.
Microsoft definitely isn’t the only company benefiting from a strong gaming division, as the same can be said for Sony lately. It’ always nice to see credit given where due, as it drives more investment towards gaming itself.
We don’t want all that money to be wasted on making more smartphones, do we?