Microsoft Promotes Minecraft Boss Matt Booty to Lead Microsoft Studios

By Mark Delaney,
When Phil Spencer was promoted last year to answer directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, it left a vacancy in his role of heading up first party games at the company. Now Spencer has chosen his successor, Minecraft boss Matt Booty. Spencer, in his time as the Microsoft Studios lead, worked closely with the heads of each major Xbox first party franchise, so he knows Booty well. Booty's role will now have him oversee studios such as Rare, The Coalition, Turn 10, and 343.

MinecraftWith Spencer's 2017 promotion comes his appointment of a new boss to his previous post.

In an interview with GamesBeat, he hinted further at what seems to be the case as of late, that Microsoft is committing more strongly to their gaming division, including more first party content.

[...]Satya was willing and eager to make the investment in gaming that he’s made, but it’s also become very clear to me that we’re going to invest more in content, which we are doing, and that a unified studios leadership organization was going to be critical to our long-term success.
The biggest takeaway for regular gamers is Spencer's mention of the company investing "more in content," which sounds like more and new IP coming to the platform. These things may take years to come to fruition, but the past several months have shown us that Microsoft has rethought their strategy regarding first party gaming, which further supports the rumors about a Fable revival. This may also imply it'll be Booty taking the stage at E3 this year in place of his boss, Spencer. Leadership is changing at Microsoft and seemingly for the better. Are you excited to see what this renewed outlook on gaming brings us from Microsoft?

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Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He has written for GameSkinny, Gamesradar and the Official Xbox Magazine. He runs the family-oriented gaming site Game Together.