Rumour: Microsofts Phil Harrison is leaving the company

The rumours around the floor of GDC suggest that Microsoft's VP of Interactive Entertainment, Phil Harrison, is about to leave the company. reports that several sources have been talking openly about the news, though Microsoft is yet to make an official announcement.

Harrison was hired by former Microsoft head-honcho, Don Mattrick, in 2012. In contrast to his front-and-centre role with Sony and the PlayStation brand, Harrison hasn’t had as much time in the limelight with Xbox. Instead, Phil Spencer became the spokesperson for Xbox One after Mattrick left for Zynga. While it'll unlikely ever be officially confirmed, close out their article by stating a belief that 'Harrison grew frustrated when Mattrick's departure and Spencer's subsequent promotion did not result in him moving up the corporate ladder’.

The reports potentially gain more weight when you consider that Lift Studios - founded by Harrison - is set to be merged into Microsoft’s Soho Studios, resulting in a number of redundancies. Again, conjecture, but possibly another reason for Harrison’s supposed departure, should it be happening.

If it all turns out to be true, it’ll be anyone’s guess as to where big Phil will end up next. Maybe Harrison should aim for the console hat-trick and rock up at Nintendo on Monday morning.

We’ll update this story as and when Microsoft drop the official truth bombs.

Nathan Irvine
Hi, I’m Nathan. You may remember me from such websites as, erm, this one circa 2011. Been hustling in games for over a decade and write for Official PlayStation, Official Xbox, Gamesmaster and more.