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Head of Xbox Live Dan McCulloch leaves Microsoft for EA

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What you need to know

  • Xbox Live is the multiplayer-focused online environment for the Xbox consoles.
  • Today, Dan McCulloch, the Head of Xbox Live, announced he was leaving Microsoft.
  • McCulloch has been with the company for 15 years.
  • He's now handling Skate for EA.

Today, Dan McCulloch, the Head of Xbox Live, announced that he was leaving Microsoft. He said on Twitter, "After 15 years at Xbox, I announced today that I would be leaving. I made so many friends, learned so much and truly had a blast! I'm extremely excited about the next opportunity in my career and I will be announcing that very soon, you all will be pumped!"

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McCulloch has made a number of contributions to Xbox Live over the years and he'll be missed. His departure follows years of record growth for Microsoft's gaming services, during a time where its network became truly fundamental to its Xbox console family.

He's now going to be the General Manager of Skate at EA. A few days ago, EA surprised everyone by announcing that Skate was making a comeback. Hopefully, McCullochs' expertise — especially when it comes to online environments — will help the upcoming game stand out. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

2 Comments
  • Not heard of him before, which surprises me. Could be going Amazon or Google. Or possibly Nintendo. Failing that,.and given the "pumped" comment, possibly doing something totally different.
  • Bet you any money hes going to another gaming division at whatever company.