Minecraft Boss Takes Over Xbox Game Development

Microsoft promotes the head of Minecraft to handle all Xbox games.

Microsoft has promoted Minecraft boss Matt Booty to corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios. Booty will report directly to Microsoft Executive Vice President of Games Phil Spencer. He fills a hole left by Spencer when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella promoted Spencer to handle Xbox platform strategy overall.

With the change, all Microsoft studios will report to Booty, including 343 Industries, The Coalition, Mojang, Rare, Turn 10 Studios, and Playground Games. He'll also be in charge of enacting Spencer's overall platform strategy on the games publishing side.

"I made the decision that I wanted to anoint a leader of our Microsoft Studios organization, which if you've tracked it, I've had the leaders of our individual franchises reporting to me for the last three and a half years," Spencer told GamesBeat. "That's been great in driving our all-up strategy and getting us to the point where 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."

One issue with the Xbox One this generation is a general lack of exclusive games. It's generally a part of the multiplatform trio, but that's not enough to move systems. Booty's promotion is about fixing this problem.

"I really look at it first and foremost as an opportunity to serve and provide a leadership layer to the studio heads, so they can focus even more on making great games," said Booty. "Most important will be to get behind the idea that we live and die by the great games we make. Content is extremely important to our strategy going forward. That's the approach I have, to come into it as a service role, as an opportunity to provide a layer of leadership and help to the studio heads, so they can focus on making great games."

Minecraft General Manager Helen Chiang will take over Booty's former position.

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