Long-time Microsoft executive Phil Spencer will receive a lifetime achievement award at this year’s DICE Awards.
Phil Spencer has spent his entire business career with Microsoft. He first began as an intern with the technology giant all the way back in 1988. Over time, he slowly worked his way into becoming one of the most important people in the company. Now, Spencer will be recognized for his work with Microsoft and the gaming industry as a whole.
A press release about the honor read:
“In his roles at Microsoft, Spencer has led the Xbox organization through multiple console launches, including Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Xbox One S All Digital Edition, and Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X; multiple acquisitions, including Mojang (parent company of Minecraft), Undead Labs, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Compulsion Games, Obsidian Entertainment, inXile Entertainment and ZeniMax Media (parent company of Bethesda Softworks); and influenced global entertainment franchises including Halo, Gears of War and Forza, as well as Xbox Game Studios Publishing. He has also led the expansion of cross-platform gaming with the Xbox Network, investments in subscription business models with Xbox Game Pass, and Microsoft’s introduction of Xbox Cloud Gaming. With his team and colleagues, Spencer continues to push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation, and fun across genres, audiences, and devices.”
Spencer just recently sent shockwaves throughout the industry with his acquisition of Activision/Blizzard. Gaming publishers were among the few companies who grew during the COVID-19 pandemic. With so many people on lockdown at home, they had plenty of time to spend on their consoles. Microsoft is reinvesting this money by bringing on the massive developer.
The DICE Awards are also celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the event this year. The event will take place at the Manadalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas on February 24th.