It’s been a hot minute since Microsoft officially revealed the subscriber numbers for its Xbox Game Pass service, which allows gamers to access hundreds of games for the price of a monthly subscription.
The last time the company openly disclosed these numbers was in January 2022, when it first revealed its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. In its press release announcing the program, Microsoft noted, “We also announced today that Game Pass now has more than 25 million subscribers.”
For more than a year, the company has yet to offer updates on those numbers. However, today it was revealed that one of Microsoft’s Xbox executives, Craig McEnery, briefly revealed a new number on his LinkedIn profile.
McEnery’s listing shows that he was the director of integrated marketing for the Xbox division for several years until August 2023, when he was given the new title of executive director: platform and brand marketing at Xbox. On his LinkedIn profile, he briefly revealed that in his early role he helped launch and grow Xbox Game Pass “to over 30 million members.”
It is currently unknown when McEnery updated his LinkedIn profile with this information. Assuming this was done in August, that means it took 19 months to grow the number of Xbox Game Pass members by five million.
This week, Microsoft launched Xbox Game Pass Core as a replacement for its Xbox Live Gold service, offering subscribers access to 36 games and online multiplayer for $9.99 a month. It is not known how many Xbox Live Gold members have switched to the Xbox Game Pass Core service, and if those numbers can be added to Microsoft’s total Xbox Game Pass subscription figures.