Xbox Live Architect ‘E’ Has Left Microsoft, And ‘Halo’ Fans Are Worried

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Eric Neustadter Has Left Xbox Live.

We’re just a few days from the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, but one of the people responsible for ensuring that blockbuster will have a robust network for online multiplayer has left Microsoft.The report states that the firm has stopped reporting console sale totals as of its most recent quarterly report – which explains why the usual figures were mysteriously absent from Microsoft’s results earlier this week. Eric Neustadter, also known as “e” on Xbox Live and the director of that network’s architecture, revealed on Twitter that today was his last day with the company. According to the report, Microsoft will focus on engagement data as its measuring stick and shift away from unit-to-unit comparisons with Sony’s PS4 console.

Neustadter is best-known for evolving Xbox Live from a network of in-house desktop computers to a multi-platform service boasting 39m users, as well as co-hosting the Major Nelson podcast. While with Microsoft, Neustadter helped guide the creation and development of Xbox Live as a premiere online gaming service, and he helped grow it to more than 39 million monthly active gamers. The company plans to provide Xbox Live metrics in place of sales figures on all quarterly reports moving forward – such as the recent news that the online service is up 28 per cent year-over-year and has surpassed 39m users. Neustadter spent the last 18 years and change working at Microsoft, with nearly 15 years dedicated to Xbox development – most recently having served as director of architecture for the hardware.

But even if you want to start primarily single-player games like the new Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, which only just launched today, you’re probably not able to do so because those games require a connection to online servers. “Hey Xbox members, are you having issues signing in to Xbox Live? And now, Xbox Live is widely considered the industry standard for multiplayer and social services in the game space, and Sony has since cloned many of its features for the modern incarnation of PlayStation Network. Sony has been in the possession of the advantage for years and even though the Xbox community is a very large one, you cannot help but wonder how much you are going to fight against an enemy that you simply cannot beat. We’ll post another update when more information becomes available.” As always, it’s important to remember that these situations do not affect every gamer equally.

Interestingly, Neustadter’s exit from the company was timely considering that Microsoft has made a round of layoffs that affected a thousand employees, the New York Times noted. Then Eric Neustadter came in and everything changed: Xbox Live was transformed into a service that would connect almost 40 million gamers around the world.

He has yet to give any information on what he might be doing next, but his departure from Microsoft does raise some big questions as to where the Xbox is heading in the years to come. Microsoft Corporation is a public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through … read more »

If you check the responses to his announcement tweet, you can see dozens of people from in and outside of the industry expressing their disbelief — and that only happens when your persona is inextricably linked to something you created.

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