Why was Windows gaming a no-show at Microsoft's E3 event? Apparently, it's because Microsoft felt the venue wasn't right. That's what Xbox chief Phil Spencer suggested in a recent interview with Polygon, anyway.
While Spencer conceded that PC games like League of Legends and World of Tanks have bigger followings than console blockbusters, he went on to state:
E3's a retail show . . . It's a retail show, it's a console show, so it didn't really feel like the right place for us to talk about Windows, but Windows and gaming on Windows is critical to Microsoft's success.
When asked which event might be more appropriate for the PC, Spencer told Polygon, "Well they do these huge world championship events and they fill up arenas. . . I do think there could be a space there."
Spencer was presumably alluding to Intel's Extreme Masters e-sports events, the most recent of which gathered more than 55,000 people in Katowice, Poland for a StarCraft II and League of Legends extravaganza. You'd think Microsoft, a steward of the PC gaming platform, would work a little harder to cater to all those people. But I guess the company is more interested in selling Xbones.
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