Phil Harrison has at last spoken of his high-profile move to Microsoft Game Studios Europe.
“I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry,” he stated.
“I am really impressed with the company’s long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed.”
His official role will be corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. He will be tasked with influencing “the broader performance of IEB’s European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future”.
Microsoft also goes on to point out – as predicted by MCV about five minutes ago – that Harrison’s experience in new gaming business models and technologies is pivotal to his new role.
“We are honored to have Phil join a team that boasts a wealth of talent from across the industry,” Microsoft Studios’ corporate vice president Phil Spencer stated.
“Phil is one of video gaming’s true visionaries, and his experience overseeing global studios and deep industry relationships make him the ideal person to lead our European efforts. Under his leadership, we look forward to continuing cultivating the best talent and growing our business in the region.”