According to an internal document of Microsoft published by Axios and dated June 30, the year-on-year growth of Xbox Game Pass has not reached the expected figures. For the fiscal year that ranges from June 30, 2020 as of June 30, 2021, Microsoft had pointed to a growth of 47.79% in the number of subscribers, however, as indicated in its measurements, this growth It has only finally reached 37.48%, which represents a considerable decrease compared to 85.75% marked during the previous year.

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For reasons of competitiveness, objectives and results are only expressed in terms of year-on-year growth instead of number of subscribers, we read in the document. According to SIGNS VGC, the total number of subscribers in Game Pass is one of the objectives linked to the economic compensations that the company s executives receive and, for that reason, are especially prudent when sharing absolute figures. The last official figure, confirmed by Microsoft in January 2021, confirmed that the subscription service had exceeded 18 million payment users.

On September 30, during a virtual event that had the presence of Phil Spencer and Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two s CEO pointed out that the service would have exceeded 30 million users: You have about 30 million subscribers , no? More or less, he asked a Spencer directly that returned to the figure of 18 million. This document published by Axios would dismeasure the growth assumed by Zelnick.