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Xbox Vice President, Phil Spencer says the platform holder is “working diligently” to ensure it can accommodate the growing demand initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Gaming platforms have seen a surge in activity in recent weeks with Steam seeing record active users. People all around the world are staying at home to stem the spread of the virus.


Spencer says Microsoft is monitoring performance and usage actively to accommodate the increase in demand.


“We understand the important role gaming is playing right now to connect people and provide joy in these isolating and stressful times, and our teams are working diligently to ensure we can be there for our players,” Spencer said.


He added:


“To that end, we are actively monitoring performance and usage trends to ensure we’re optimizing the service for our customers worldwide and accommodating for new growth and demand. While these are unprecedented times we are living in, I have no doubt that we’ll come through this experience stronger than ever.” 

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Vice President of Xbox, Phil Spencer says it is monitoring growing demand on its platform.  Photo: The Verge

Free educational content on Minecraft

Spencer also confirms that Microsoft is offering educational content for Minecraft at no cost. This is to assist parents who face the prospect of homeschooling their wards the lockdowns.


He explains:


“The educational content we’ve curated lets players explore the International Space Station through a partnership with NASA, learn to code with a robot, visit famous Washington D.C. landmarks, find and build 3D fractals, learn what it’s like to be a marine biologist, and so much more.”


More than 475,000 physical games were sold in the UK over the past week. This coincides with companies asking their employees to stay at home.


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