Microsoft Taps Minecraft Boss To Lead Xbox Game Efforts

Microsoft Taps Minecraft Boss To Lead Xbox Game Efforts

The appointment means that Booty will be responsible for overseeing development on a variety of Microsoft's biggest gaming franchises.

There's no certainty that Microsoft will enjoy a renaissance, and you probably won't see the results of this executive shuffle for quite some time.

Now that Phil Spencer is managing Microsoft's broader game platform strategy, who's going to fill his shoes? He'll watch over all of Microsoft's own game publishing efforts, including Halo's 343 Industries, Gears of War's The Coalition and Forza's Turn 10. There he started off as a designer, before rising through the ranks as a studio head, SVP worldwide studios and eventually president and CEO.

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In an interview with GamesBeat, he hinted further at what seems to be the case as of late, that Microsoft is committing more strongly to their gaming division, including more first party content. He joined Microsoft in 2010 as head of Redmond Studios, before taking on his role at Mojang in 2015.

This looks like one more step towards Spencer's goal.

Minecraft General Manager Helen Chiang will take over Booty's former position. "That's the approach I have, to come into it as a service role, as an opportunity to provide a layer of leadership and help to the studio heads, so they can focus on making great games". "It's a privilege to get in and help provide a layer of unification and collaboration across the studios, as we go forward helping drive the initiatives Phil talked about, getting behind the company's vision for gaming".

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