Xbox Live director of architecture Eric Neustadter has left Microsoft.
He first joined Microsoft over 18 years ago in 1997 as a consultant, before later playing a major role in the development its online games service Xbox Live. He spent 14 and a half years working on the network, helping it grow to over 48 million subscribers. He most recently served as architect the Xbox Advanced Technology Group.
As well as having a crucial role in the creation and running of Xbox Live, Neustadter’s is said to have created the first ever Xbox Live gamertag, ‘e’.
No reason was given for his departure, and there are no details on his future plans.
After 14.5 years working at Xbox (18.5 at MS) today is my last day. It's been an amazing ride.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Gamerscore!
— Eric Neustadter (e) (@thevowel) October 23, 2015