Xbox boss Spencer wants more black leaders in games

Xbox boss Spencer wants more black leaders in games

The head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said that he wants to see more black people in leading positions in the games industry.

Speaking to Kotaku, the Microsoft exec said that there has to be more black people visible in these top roles, saying that there was a generation when primarily white people rose up the ranks in the industry.

“The area where I think we really need to focus more as an industry, including my own team, are, as you said, those visible leaders,” Spencer said. “Because there was a generation where this didn’t happen.”

He continued: “And as those people move up inside of the organisation, you get a lot of people like me. And we don’t need more people like me in our organisation. We need a more diverse team. So I’d say, for our focus right now, I think about manager representation.”

Microsoft has been championing diversity, trying to double the number of black and African American managers and senior members of staff in the next five years in June of this year. The US Department of Labor is currently investigating this and seeing if it violates the Civil Rights Act.

This if course follows the Black Lives Matter movement which called attention to racial tensions around the world.

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