Phil Spencer
Courtesy of Xbox Game Studios
United States



EVP, Gaming

While Xbox One console sales staggered behind Playstation 4 this generation, the brand stood out in other ways under Spencer’s leadership: committed backwards compatibility, eagerness to embrace cross-play and the advent of the Xbox Adaptive Controller, which made gaming easier for players with physical disabilities. As a new console generation approaches, he isn’t sleeping on prep, as Xbox Game Studios kept busy the last two years acquiring notable studios such as Ninja Theory (“Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice”), Obsidian Entertainment (“The Outer Worlds”) and Double Fine (“Psychonauts”), giving the company ample firepower to develop first-party titles that can compete with Playstation. When factoring in xCloud, Microsoft’s cloud-gaming platform, and Xbox Series X, its 8K-supporting 2020 console, it becomes clear Spencer is ready for the next gen.


  • Microsoft
  • Xbox One
  • D.I.C.E. Summit


  • University of Washington - Seattle (WA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Xbox Chief Phil Spencer Outlines Plan to Combat Online Toxicity

Xbox Chief Phil Spencer Outlines Plan to Combat Online Toxicity

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer outlined new plans to combat toxicity and promote online safety in a post on the Microsoft Blog on Monday.Spencer believes in two fundamental truths about gaming, he said. One, that gaming is for everyone and, two, gaming must promote and protect everyone's safety."No one group 'owns' gaming," Spencer said. "Instead, whether you’re new to gaming or are a diehard e-sports fan, you are welcome to play and welcome to all the fun and skill-building that...


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