New Microsoft CEO “A good Supporter of Xbox;” Long Term More Important than Short Term PR Wins – Phil Spencer

on February 4, 2014 2:45 PM

Former Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise Group Satya Nadella has been named CEO today, and Microsoft Game Studios head honcho Phil Spencer had a few words to share on him and on the future of the brand on Twitter.

Congrats to Satya Nadella on becoming new Microsoft CEO. Good leader, good guy and will be a great CEO.

Yes, I know Satya. He’s been a good supporter of Studios and XBOX.

Spencer also mentioned his positive conversations with the other CEO candidate Stephen Elop, who had suggested to sell off the Xbox brand in the past.

I also know Stephen Elop well. Obviously he’s currently still at Nokia but I feel great about the conversations we’ve had.

He continued by putting the voices on a possible sale of the Xbox brand pretty much to rest (after all Michael Patcher called the idea “dumb and dumber“):

Microsoft LT understands XBOX is a very important consumer brand for us.

Talking about said long term plans, Spencer mentioned that they’re more important for the studios than short term PR victories.

Team has a vision, takes time and it’s easy to jump at short term PR wins but LT vision should lead to a good years ahead.

Incidentally, the long term also seems to include World of Tanks on Xbox One, following up the announcement of the official release of the Xbox 360 version, after a successful beta.

I agree. Want to support 360 first but obviously looking down the road at XB1.

Finally, he responded tongue-in-cheek to a fan expressing his hope that Nadella won’t sell Xbox.

I’m in favor of selling a lot of XBOXes.

The atmosphere between Xbox executives on social media seems to be quite positive after the announcement of Nadella’s new title. Will the new CEO manage to push the Xbox brand and Microsoft towards a bright future? Phil Spencer definitely seems to think so, and we hope so as well.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.