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Xbox chief Phil Spencer promotes Minecraft manager to run studio network

Matt Booty will oversee Microsoft’s game studios

Microsoft Studios Phil Spencer
Microsoft Studios’ Phil Spencer

Microsoft’s games chief Phil Spencer has reorganized his studio structure, appointing Matt Booty as corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios, according to a report in GamesBeat.

Booty will take over Spencer’s previous role of managing Microsoft’s network of games studios, including Turn 10 (Forza series), 343 Studios (Halo), Mojang (Minecraft), The Coalition (Gears of War) and Rare (Sea of Thieves). A former boss at Midway’s U.S operation, Moody’s previous role at Microsoft was running Mojang.

Freed from the detail of studio management, Spencer will focus more on big picture strategy. Late last year, he was promoted to executive vice president, with complete oversight over the company’s gaming operations.

“It’s become very clear to me that we’re going to invest more in content,” said Spencer, in an interview with GamesBeat. “A unified studios leadership organization is critical to our long-term success.”

Spencer and Booty will be working on pet Microsoft projects, such as Xbox and Windows integration, as well as more urgent projects, like beefing up the company’s Xbox One exclusive games roster. This year’s confirmed exclusives include Sea of Thieves, Crackdown 3 and State of Decay 2. Reports emerges earlier today that the company is also working on a reboot of its RPG series Fable.

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