Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently spoke at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco where he discussed the company’s gaming business (via DualShockers).
Among some of his comments, he stated that he was “very happy” about the gaming asset the company built has which was built on the Xbox brand and PC gaming. Microsoft’s focus on engagement and Xbox Live numbers are a “huge opportunity” thanks to its subscription services. Though PC gaming is undeniably popular, the company is continuing to build a gaming business where the console is important as well.
Nadella feels that people have not recognized Microsoft’s achievements across both Xbox and Windows 10, and some of their integrated services. “One of the things that most people have not recognized is that we’re the owners of both of those,” he said.
He also stressed the importance of players’ ability to game anywhere and Microsoft’s capability of reaching a broader market across the world. “That’s where we’re going, whether it is with our subscription offerings with Game Pass, whether it’s with Mixer, which is growing very rapidly, in terms of streaming, or eSports franchises around our first-party games,” said Nadella. “So I think we have many, many leverages there. But fundamentally, it comes from that heritage of having been in the gaming business for multiple decades at this point and built up that capability in a world where we now have the ability to take that and have it service a much broader marketplace than ever before.”
Over a month ago, Microsoft announced that future Microsoft Studios games would launch into Xbox Game Pass the same day as their global release at retail. This is set to begin with Sea of Thieves on March 20.