Here’s Phil Spencer’s Memo About The FTC Leaks

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Yesterday, all hell broke loose in the Microsoft space as a plethora of leaked documents revealed what looks like the entire future of the Xbox ecosystem for the next seven years – at least. It was arguably the biggest single leak in the history of the firm, revealing upcoming consoles, peripherals, games, and most importantly, Xbox’s strategy and some financial information.

In a memo, Phil Spencer has addressed these leaks, talking broadly to teams internal to Xbox and Microsoft and reassuring them, stating that the documents were out of date and ‘plans have evolved’ since then.

This Is What Phil Spencer Had to Say

In his short memo to Xbox employees the world over, Phil Spencer addressed the crushing revelation that the company’s plans for the next decade had been inadvertently leaked by Microsoft itself:


Today, several documents submitted in the court proceedings related to our proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard were unintentionally disclosed. I know this is disappointing, even if many of the documents are well over a year old and our plans have evolved.

I also know we all take the confidentiality of our plans and our partners’ information very seriously. This leak obviously is not us living up to that expectation. We will learn from what happened and be better going forward. We all put incredible amounts of passion and energy into our work, and this is never how we want that hard work to be shared with the community. That said, there’s so much more to be excited about, and when we’re ready, we’ll share the real plans with our players.

In closing, I appreciate all of the work that you pour into Team Xbox to surprise and delight our players. In the days and weeks ahead, let’s stay focused on what we can control: continuing the amazing success of Starfield, the upcoming launch of the incredible and accessible Forza Motorsport, and continuing to build games, services and devices that millions of players can enjoy.


It’s unlikely all that much has changed, given that some of the documents weren’t even a year old yet and they referenced key performance indicators that Xbox and Microsoft are actively working towards in their path to 2030.

For reference, some of the leaked content includes a new Xbox Series X console, a brand-new Xbox controller, and some information regarding aspirational acquisitions – such as Nintendo.

It’s time for damage control – how much will this hurt Xbox in the long run?

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