Jumping Off A Sinking Ship?

Hot on the heels of news from Microsoft that they have no idea just how many defects they expect of their millions of Xbox 360 consoles sold, the team’s titular second-in-command is jumping ship. Peter Moore, seen by many in the industry as one of its best pitchmen, is heading over to Electronic Arts to run EA Sports as the division president reporting to new CEO John Riccitiello. Moore has been the one who has seemed most worried about the extent of the Xbox 360 defects. At the E3 game expo last week, the question continued to dog Microsoft even after it said it would take a charge of more than $1 billion in the most recent quarter to handle any returns and repairs. The company has been criticized for not being forthright in offering greater detail into what’s causing the problem and whether it truly has been fixed. At Microsoft, Moore was the president of the Xbox and Games for Windows businesses as well as game development at Microsoft Game Studios. Moore joined Microsoft in January 2003, originally as the head of marketing for the Xbox and Games division.

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