Against the backdrop of the announced deal to take over Activision Blizzard, Phil Spencer has been appointed CEO of the Microsoft Gaming division.

In his address to Microsoft employees, which came to the disposal of The Verge, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, in addition to general information about the upcoming takeover deal for one of the largest gaming publishers on the market, mentioned the appointment of Phil Spencer as CEO of Microsoft Gaming.

As of today, Phil Spencer is the CEO of Microsoft Gaming. Once the deal is closed, the entire Activision Blizzard business will report to Phil.

Satya Nadella
CEO, Microsoft
In his own letter to the Xbox team, Phil Spencer confirmed the appointment and clarified that the marketing team, led by CMO Jerret West, would now also answer directly to him.

As Satya mentioned, I am now the CEO of Microsoft Gaming. This change is the result of the incredible work each and every one of you is doing to create a better entertainment ecosystem…

Phil Spencer
CEO, Microsoft Gaming
Until January 18, Phil Spencer served as Executive Vice-President of Gaming at Microsoft, but most often in the media he was referred to simply as “the head of Xbox.”