Phil Spencer continues to be a shinning beacon of hope in the somewhat dark video game industry, he understands business, and more importantly, understands gaming.
While sitting down with Gamespot the Xbox CEO was asked how he sees the future of the video game industry and competition, he had this to say.
“I think the infighting that I feel both on the internet and I’m sure what you see on your message boards, it doesn’t feel like an investment in what does it mean for gaming to grow,” he told us. “We don’t have to see another company fail for us to succeed. It’s not part of the math for running a business.”
He also went on to speak about how well consoles are doing despite the ever growing and very large mobile gaming market.
“Five years ago, when I was here, it was all, ‘the death of consoles, everybody’s going to play on their iPads, why don’t you guys go home?'” he said. “Those were the questions. And now… Sony’s doing really well, we’re doing really well, the Switch has come out of the gate incredibly strong. So that feels good.
“I see a vibrancy in games that are here across all platforms. I watched [the] Sony [press conference] yesterday, I thought Spider-Man looked great… It’s a great time to be in this industry, and for people to try to make this industry about fighting with each other, opposed to growing the industry itself, I just don’t think is a long-term view on an activity I love, which is playing games.”
Fan of Xbox or not, Phil Spencer is quite arguably the standard bearer for what a leader looks like in the gaming industry.
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