Eric Neustadter departs after 18 years with the company

Xbox Live lead architect quits Microsoft

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.

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