Damon Baker, former head of partner management at Nintendo of America, has officially joined Microsoft as the head of portfolio for Xbox.
Announced through Twitter, Baker said, “Been soaking up knowledge this last month as the new Head of Portfolio for #Xbox! Honored and excited to help evaluate all 2nd/3rd party content towards our strategy.”
Hey all, overdue news to share. Been soaking up knowledge this last month as the new Head of Portfolio for #Xbox! Honored and excited to help evaluate all 2nd/3rd party content towards our strategy. Big thanks to @iocat @aarongreenberg @XboxP3 and team. The future looks amazing! pic.twitter.com/isqylqnBGk
— Damon Baker (@DWBakes) January 28, 2019
This comes about a month after Baker made the announcement that he was leaving Nintendo, where he helped bring games to Switch from independent developers in the form of “Nindies,” as well as AAA games from bigger third-party publishers. Though big titles like Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been paramount to Switch’s success, it’s become a natural home to smaller indie games like Celeste, Hollow Knight and more.
Soon after Baker left Nintendo, the company held an Indie Highlights presentation, which showcased nine independent games coming to the platform, including Wargroove, CrossCode, SteamWorld Quest, and more. Even a year prior, it became clear that Nindies are core to Nintendo’s success.
While independent games have been a major part of the Xbox lineup since the days of Xbox 360, it’s possible Baker being hired by Microsoft is a sign that the company will increase its focus on indie games in the upcoming console generation.
Baker’s new position seems to closely resemble the work he did with Nintendo, and since Microsoft has been buying new major studios left and right for first party content, it’s likely Baker will help ensure content from outside studios remains healthy on the rumored family of devices Microsoft has up its sleeves for the next console generation.
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Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.