Microsoft had a plan to take away a free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefit from almost all of its 238,000 employees in January. However, they changed their mind after employees complained. According to the report, saying that Microsoft workers didn’t like the idea of losing this benefit in 2024. Phil Spencer, who is in charge of Xbox, personally investigated the matter.
In this report mentioned that, The end of this benefit for Microsoft employees happened several months after Xbox Game Pass had its first-ever price increase. Microsoft raised the monthly cost of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate from $14.99 to $16.99, and they also increased the prices of the Xbox Series X console in most places outside of the United States. In September, they introduced Xbox Game Pass Core as a replacement for Xbox Live Gold.
Over a year ago, Phil Spencer, who leads Xbox, mentioned that the growth of Xbox Game Pass on consoles was slowing down. As a result, Microsoft decided to put more focus on PC Game Pass in 2023. For nearly two years, Microsoft hasn’t given any new subscriber numbers for Game Pass.
Furthermore, Recently Microsoft closed a billion dollars deal acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Xbox Benefit Restored for Employees
Now, Phil Spencer has said that they will not remove the benefit, and Microsoft employees will still get to keep the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Here’s the message he shared with Microsoft employees on the company’s internal Viva platform.
“After looking into this more with the team, I just want to confirm that no change will be made to Game Pass availability in 2024. If you have access to the Game Pass offer today you will continue to have access. I appreciate the time to get up to speed and sorry for the questions and confusion created. And thanks for supporting Xbox.”
This change means that Microsoft employees will still get free access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, just like they have been able to since it started in 2019. Microsoft workers have been getting Xbox subscriptions for free for a while, with Xbox Live Gold being one of those perks for years.
We’re not sure why Microsoft wanted to take away this benefit in the first place, but it seems like it was a decision related to employee benefits and human resources. Even Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, didn’t know about it initially, and he acted quickly to undo the change.
Microsoft initially planned to end the free Xbox Game Pass Ultimate benefit for its employees, but reversed the decision following employee objections. This change came after a price hike for the service and the introduction of Xbox Game Pass Core. Phil Spencer’s intervention ensured the benefit’s continuation.