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chakkra said:

If it was his idea to take Xbox exclusive games to other platforms, then yes, he needs to be demoted as soon as possible.

Almost certain Phil is doing exactly what Microsoft wants him to do.

"If it was up to me, I would love to get rid of the entire sort of exclusives on consoles, but that's not up to me to define," Nadella said. "Especially as a low share player in the console market that the dominant player there has defined market competition using exclusives, and so that's that's the world we live in... I have no love for that world."

Also, CFO of MS Gaming (who reports to Amy Hood, CFO of Microsoft) is well known as being pro-multiplatform.

I'm fine with Phil staying, I would love to see Sarah Bond as Head of MS Gaming one day though.

Having said that, if people think Phil being removed will suddenly change their strategy, they're going to be sorely disappointed, if anything it may accelerate it if the new boss is someone who doesn't have a particular attachment or history to the days of Xbox 360. There's no doubt in my mind that Phil is doing exactly what Satya wants him to do and what the MS Board wants him to do, Microsoft as a company overall is very against "exclusive" stuff and all about trying to put their software and services everywhere.

And as for anything else, Phil has turned MS Gaming from an around $8bn a year business to around a $16bn a year business (pre-ABK) and now a $20bn+ a year business with ABK, one which is profitable in the "low-single-digit" billions. MS Gaming is now level with Windows and will on some years overtake Windows in revenue (not always), Phil also successfully negotiated the acquisition of Mojang, a very big money maker, Zenimax, a major publisher who is decently profitable and ABK who are the most profitable 3rd party publisher in the industry (or were) and pull in billions in profits. People will say "that was inorganic growth!" or whatever but Microsoft frankly doesn't care about that term. Phil and his team negotiated and won Microsoft's toughest regulatory battle in years for the biggest 3rd party publisher in the industry.

I've a feeling MS are happy with him, he makes them money, they want him to make them more money now, Lol.

Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 05 May 2024