Games inspire us with their stories, and they teach us about creativity, teamwork, competition, and consequences. Today, one in seven people plays video games around the world, driving an industry that brings in more than $125 billion in revenue annually. Gaming is bigger today than it has ever been, and the ecosystem is evolving and growing quickly. We’re mobilizing Microsoft to pursue the extensive gaming market opportunity, which means we’re broadening our approach to how we think about gaming end to end, starting with games and how they’re created and distributed, and how they’re played and viewed.
Microsoft has a long history as a leader in the world of gaming. We advanced the console industry with the introduction of the original Xbox. We recognized early on that connected, online gaming was the future and brought the gaming community together with Xbox Live. This past Holiday, we made another leap by introducing the Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console. We believe we have the potential to reach everyone on the planet, so they can play, watch, communicate, and create together. We will use our past successes as a foundation to find a new, larger place in gaming and to delight new audiences.