Xbox reorganizes its studios and leadership following Activision Blizzard acquisition
Following its merger with Activision Blizzard King, Microsoft has announced that Xbox's leadership will be reshuffled, with its former corporate vice president becoming the company's new president.
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer shared details of the changes in an internal memo sent to employees (via The Verge), stating that it is part of the company's plans to create an "expanded content organization - one that enables Xbox Game Studios and ZeniMax's development studios to collaborate effectively together... to do their best work in growing our portfolio of games players love."
Sarah Bond, who previously served as Xbox's corporate vice president, will now be the company's president, overseeing all internal teams as well as future software and hardware plans. Bond joined Xbox in 2015 and has been a key part of the company's success since then, even appearing in court to explain Xbox's business during Microsoft's battle with the FTC.
Matt Booty, the current head of Xbox Game Studios, will now become president of game content and studios, managing the company's development studios, which include ZeniMax and Bethesda. ZeniMax will continue to operate as usual, but its management will now report to Booty, which Spencer claims will allow the teams to "collaborate effectively together" and, hopefully, prevent future issues with projects such as Redfall.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick will continue to lead the company as it integrates with Xbox, but he will step down at the end of the year and report to Spencer until then.
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