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Phil Spencer will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 25th annual DICE Awards.

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has announced that Phil Spencer will be the recipient of the AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award at this month’s DICE Awards ceremony. The award recognises industry figures notable for their business leadership, ideology, and ability to drive positive change across the video games industry.

Phil Spencer joined Microsoft in 1988 as an intern and has held a range of games-related roles within the company. As Head of Xbox, he was widely credited with reviving Microsoft’s gaming brand following the disappointing launch of the Xbox One. He became CEO of Microsoft Gaming at the start of 2022.

Spencer has overseen the launch of Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Cloud Gaming, the release of the Xbox One X and Xbox Series X|S consoles, plus the recent acquisitions of Bethesda and Activision. The award will be presented by the familiar face of Bethesda Game Studios game director and executive producer Todd Howard.

Speaking about the award, AIAS President Meggan Scavio says:

“Phil Spencer has demonstrated both passion and leadership throughout his entire career at Microsoft. He’s responsible for countless impactful and pivotal initiatives that have reverberated throughout the entire gaming industry. On behalf of the Academy’s Board of Directors, we are looking forward to celebrating Spencer’s important impact on video game history by presenting him with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Spencer will be in good company. Previous AIAS Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln, Ken Kutaragi, Bing Gordon, and Satoru Iwata.

The 25th Annual DICE Awards ceremony will be held in Las Vegas on February 24 and streamed online.

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