Phil Spencer Criticises Console-Exclusive Content in Third-Party Releases | Power Up Gaming
Xbox chief Phil Spencer has criticised the practice of third-party studios selling the marketing rights and exclusive content for their titles to console manufacturers – while conceding that Microsoft has itself engaged in the practice. In a series of tweets, the executive has made his feelings on the strategy known, suggesting that it is holding back growth in the games industry. Spencer first brought up the issue several days ago, as part of a wider discussion about the future of gaming: @BeastFireTimdog @Sobski117 @Manfry75 Paying marketing funds so another consoles base can't play a piece of content doesn't feel like growth — Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 20, 2016 The 28-year Microsoft veteran was later forced on the defensive after users pointed out that Xbox has itself contributed to the issue by paying substantial amounts for the exclusive marketing rights for a number of recently released triple-A titles, including Titanfall 2 and Mafia III. According to the executive,