Microsoft has confirmed that Phil Harrison has left the company to purse a fresh challenge. Reports of his departure from Microsoft began surfacing in early March, but it wasn't until today that the company officially acknowledged them.
This departure marks the end of Harrison's three year tenure at Microsoft where he acted as the vice president of the European branch of Microsoft Studios. Prior to joining the company in 2012, Harrison worked for Gaikai, Atari, and, most famously, Sony where he served as president of their Worldwide Studios.
In a statement issued to GamesIndustry.biz, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer wished the former VP all the best in his pursuit of interests outside the company.
Following a successful tenure as Corporate Vice President in Xbox in Europe, Phil Harrison has chosen to pursue business interests outside of Microsoft,” - Spencer said.
Phil has been a distinguished leader for our European Xbox team - overseeing production at our award-winning European studios and making a substantial contribution to the Xbox business globally. I want to thank Phil for his creativity and leadership over the past three years. Phil is a great friend of mine and I wish him the very best with his future endeavours."
GamesIndustry.biz also managed to contact Phil Spencer, who issued the following statement:
I have enjoyed the last three years at Microsoft enormously and it has been a privilege to lead and work along side the incredible talent within Microsoft Studios in Europe, including Rare, Lionhead, Lift, Soho and Press Play. I wish them and my many friends throughout the Xbox world every continued success and know that games will continue to prosper across Microsoft under Phil Spencer's leadership.”
An interview with Phil Spencer will be published by GamesIndustry.biz on Monday.