Matt Booty is now the CEO of Microsoft Studios.
He wears the new badge of the previous holder- Phile Spencer. Spencer was promoted to Executive VP for Games by Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella.
So, what’s Booty in charge of at MS Studios?
Well, if you’ve played any game developed by Microsoft, he’s in charge of that- pretty much. They’re in charge of developing and publishing first-party titles across platforms like Windows 10, Android, iOS, and Xbox. Some games are also released on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, such as Minecraft. Spencer is still a part of the department, as Booty will report to him and develop a strategy for their studio. Booty overseas all the other departments, such as software, hardware, and online play.
Previously, Booty was just in charge of Mojang, which is the developer behind Minecraft.
Booty had a previous history of working for companies like Midway Games as an engineer and then later CEO of the same company. He joined Microsoft in 2010 and built games for Windows Phone and Xbox Live Arcade.
He’s a seasoned veteran and believes in “great games” and that “content is extremely important.”
Either way, it’s nice to see people shifting around. This brings in new tides for Microsoft Studios and possibly new processes.