Microsoft recently released its quarterly report, and as part of that report, Microsoft Gaming chief Phil Spencer commented on the growth in Game Pass subscribers. Then he noted that the number of subscribers on PC has increased significantly, but the subscriber base on consoles is almost not growing. According to Phil Spencer, the slowdown in subscriber growth on Xbox is due to the depletion of the player base – he said that “everyone who would like to subscribe has already signed up.”
The head of Take-Two, Strauss Zelnick, discussed the launch of games on the day of release in Game Pass and Playstation Plus subscriptions as part of the last quarterly report. Zelnick has previously spoken out on this score, noting that this is quite a risky undertaking, which is unlikely to pay off for a major publisher. In a new communication with investors, he said bluntly, including commenting on Spencer’s words, that “it doesn’t make sense”:
I still don’t think it is [выход игр в Game Pass или Playstation Plus в день релиза] has the meaning. And I believe that now [после слов Спенсера] it becomes more and more obvious that this does not make sense. It’s just a missed opportunity for the publisher. So I don’t want to speak on behalf of my friend Phil. [Спенсер]but our [Take-Two] views remain unchanged on this issue.
As a reminder, Take-Two releases some of its games on Game Pass, but not on release day.