'E3 is a console show,' head of gaming says in response to absence of PC titles

Microsoft ‘still dedicated’ to PC gaming; hints at e-sports entrance

Microsoft has said that PC gaming is still ‘critical’ to its business, despite a no-show of PC titles at E3.

Head of gaming at the firm, Phil Spencer, previously said that “a renewed focus on Windows and PC gaming inside Microsoft is definitely happening”.

However, at last week’s E3 conference, not one mention of PC gaming was to be found.

"E3 is a retail show," Spencer told Polygon.

"For us, E3 is a console show and an Xbox show, and for us as Microsoft, Xbox is our gaming brand, and it’s the thing we can fill an arena like this [with] – we get millions of people to watch us on TV and we show our games and it’s a brand that people care about.

“[E3] didn’t really feel like the right place for us to talk about Windows, but Windows and gaming on Windows is critical to Microsoft’s success."

He added his belief that PC gaming had ‘never been more healthy’, and hinted that Microsoft was looking at entering the prospective e-sports sector, referring to several of the biggest pro-gaming titles.

"League of Legends, World of Tanks; those things dwarf a lot of what we’re doing in this console space in terms of users and monetisation,” he explained. “[And] they’re all on PC.

"They do these huge world championship events and they fill up arenas.

"I do think there could be a space there.”

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