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.
“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.