Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer is receiving a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming D.I.C.E. Awards later this month in Las Vegas. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced that the Microsoft veteran will be presented with the honor at the awards show on February 24th. Bethesda’s Todd Howard–2017’s recipient of the reward that Phil is getting this year–will be presenting the award to him.
Spencer joined Microsoft way back in 1988, starting off as a meager intern. He’s held several positions throughout the years, rising to the top of the Xbox division. He’s currently the CEO of Microsoft Gaming, a new branch within Microsoft that was established as part the company’s proposed buyout of Activision Blizzard.
With Spencer at the helm, Microsoft launched multiple Xbox platforms and led the company into an ambitious future. This included acquiring a number of studios to create Xbox Game Studios, as well as launching Xbox Game Pass.
“Phil Spencer has demonstrated both passion and leadership throughout his entire career at Microsoft. He’s responsible for countless impactful and pivotal initiatives that have reverberated throughout the entire gaming industry,” AIAS president Meggan Scavio said in a statement.
Spencer tweeted in response to the announcement, thanking his colleagues at Xbox, the fans (of course), and other companies for assisting him along the way.
“The people we work with are the most important part of any progress. This is so true for me. Not only members of Team Xbox but also players, partners, other platform holders have all helped me learn, grow and realize the opportunity we have. Thank you,” Spencer wrote.
The people we work with are the most important part of any progress. This is so true for me. Not only members of #TeamXbox but also players, partners, other platform holders have all helped me learn, grow and realize the opportunity we have. Thank you.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 3, 2022
Previous recipients of the award have included Shigeru Miyamoto, Sid Meier, John Carmack, Tim Sweeny, Bonnie Ross, Hideo Kojima, and Gabe Newell.
As for the game awards themselves, Sony’s Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart takes the lead with nine total nominations, including Game of the Year. You can check out the full nomination list for the DICE Awards, here.