Xbox’s Phil Spencer: The Company Will Seek to Buy More Game Studios

Phil Spencer will receive a lifetime achievement award this year at the DICE Awards
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With so many game systems to choose from, it can really be helpful for manufacturers to buy game studios. This has been a tack regularly taken by Xbox. The Microsoft gaming brand has snapped up companies like s Bethesda (Elder Scrolls), Ninja Theory (Hellblade), Playground Games (Forza Horizon), Obsidian (Fallout: New Vegas), InXile (Wasteland 3), and Double Fine (Psychonauts).

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According to Phil Spencer, the executive vice-president of Gaming at Microsoft, the plan is to continue to buy studios. Spencer made the comments during a recent Wall St. Journal Tech Live Event.

“I’m really proud of some of the creators that have chosen to become part of Xbox,” the executive began. “So many of these creators, they have choice.”

Spencer continued, “If you look at some of the people we’ve acquired and partnered with, it’s people we’ve had long-term relationships with, and they’ve come inside of Xbox now and they see our roadmap on platform and service, and I want them to be able to do their most amazing creative work as part of this team.”

The Xbox VP then predicted that the brand will be on the lookout for more acquisitions.

“There’s no quota. There’s no kind of timeline where I have to go acquire studios by a certain time, but if we find a studio where we have a good fit, we share what we’re trying to go do and what they’re trying to go do, and if we feel we can both get better together, absolutely.”

You can read more of the interview with Spencer here

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