In a surprising revelation, Xbox head Phil Spencer recently hinted at a potential exit from the gaming business for Microsoft and Xbox. This revelation emerged during the extensive information leak stemming from the Microsoft vs. FTC court case, shedding light on the role Xbox Game Pass plays in the company’s future.
If Xbox Game Pass Doesn’t Grow, Microsoft Could Exit The Gaming Industry
A leaked document showcased projections for Xbox Game Pass subscribers in the coming years, with estimates surpassing 100 million subscribers sometime between fiscal year (FY) 2029 and FY30. In response to this projection, Spencer emphasized the critical need for accelerated growth, stating:
Currently, Xbox Game Pass boasts over 30 million members, a testament to its popularity and impact on the gaming landscape.
Microsoft’s Other Acquisitions: Nintendo and Warner Bros Interactive
Apart from Game Pass, the email exchange revealed from the Document leak also uncovered Microsoft’s interest in acquiring Nintendo, dating back to 2020. Phil Spencer views this potential acquisition as a pivotal career milestone, believing it would be mutually beneficial for both companies. He expressed his confidence that Nintendo will eventually recognize the potential to diversify beyond their hardware-centric approach.
Moreover, Microsoft’s aspirations extended to the acquisition of Warner Bros Interactive alongside Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax. However, obstacles arose concerning Warner Bros’ intellectual property ownership, or lack thereof, marking a significant hurdle in the potential deal.
Nintendo has yet to officially respond to Phil Spencer’s leaked statements, leaving the gaming community and industry experts intrigued about the future landscape of the gaming business.
Well, only time will tell how the trajectory of the Xbox Game Pass and potential acquisitions are going to affect Microsoft’s ventures in the gaming industry in the years ahead.
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