Xbox’s Director of Development and the founder of Xbox LIVE, Boyd Multerer, has left the company, having revealed the move on Twitter.
Multerer tweeted: “Goodbye Microsoft. It was a good run. Xbox was Great! Time to do something new.” Multerer joined Microsoft full-time in 1997, having worked via a contract for them since 1994. In 2000 he founded the development team for Xbox LIVE and was the first person on the system’s revolutionary online service, which launched in November 2002.
Muleteer left Xbox LIVE in 2004 to lead Microsoft’s XNA programme, which was aimed at helping gaming consoles become more accessible to independent developers. He then spent time leading the Xbox 360 OS teams, before eventually becoming an instrumental part of designing the Xbox One’s core architecture. Before revealing his departure yesterday, Multerer was working on “unannounced secret stuff at Microsoft.”
One person on Twitter questioned whether or not Multerer’s decision to leave was due to issues with Xbox Leadership, but Multerer responded: “Nothing is perfect, but Xbox Leadership is fine. On the other hand, I’m complicated. I think that is good?”