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Xbox boss quits Microsoft for EA

Microsoft: move not linked to Xbox 360 defects

Peter Moore has resigned as the president of Microsoft’s Xbox business, less than two weeks after the company revealed that it would take a $1bn charge due to widespread defects in the Xbox 360 console. The Briton will be joining Electronic Arts (EA), and will be replaced by former EA executive Don Mattrick.

Mattrick was president of EA's Worldwide Studios until February 2006 and began working as an external adviser to Microsoft in February 2007. He brings 23 years of games industry experience to the Microsoft management team. He is credited for helping to promote 'Harry Potter' and 'The Sims' while at EA.

"Peter has contributed enormously to the games business since joining Microsoft in 2003 and we are sad to see him go," said Robbie Bach, president of Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. "Since that time, he presided over the global launch of the Xbox 360, spearheaded a revitalised and rebranded Games for Windows business, and helped steer the console's ascent."

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