Former PlayStation Boss Taking Over From Molyneux At Microsoft

Phil Harrison, formerly PlayStation Executive Vice President at SCEE, is taking on the vacant role as Microsoft’s Head of European Game Studios. The role, recently vacated by Peter Molyneux, will see him in charge of Microsoft’s European games publishing and overseeing European development.

Harrison was always well known for his enthusiasm for the brand while at PlayStation, as well as his on-stage performances at keynotes and press presentations but he has been advising people on games investment for a couple of years and he also worked at Atari before that.

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“As the senior IEB leader in Europe, Phil will not only lead the Microsoft Studios European organization directly, but will also influence the broader performance of IEB’s European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future,” says the press release confirming the news.

“He will also tap his deep experience in studio leadership to grow Xbox’s development efforts in Europe, including overseeing UK-based developers Lionhead Studios, Soho Productions and Rare Ltd.”

“I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry,” said Harrison. “I am really impressed with the company’s long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed.”


Update: official statement released, post updated to reflect this.

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9 Comments

  1. Whoo yeh, can’t wait to play on “Kinect Home” with it’s new “SevenAxis Control” ;)

  2. Oh well, bang goes parity with the US on Xbox game releases, the guys from SCEE are taking over!!!

    I was worried the xbla may go regional when they announced the end of the points system, today’s developments look bad from my paranoid perspective.

    • that is an extremely good point. The beginning of waiting months for Trine 2 or longer for Auditorium HD… ?

  3. For some reason, as soon as i read the title i just knew it was Phil Harrison who was going to take over. Odd.

  4. Didn’t really seem to make an impact at Atari imo, hopefully this means more european games for Xbox..but if some is Kinect interest will be Zero.

  5. I wonder how many people who called him a useless twat when he worked for Sony will now suddenly sing is praises …

    Pity he left Sony IMO, one of the few truly passionate executives.

  6. what is it with ms and bald guys anyway? ^_^

  7. “Microsoft Studios European organization directly” Organisation *fixed*

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