Ed Fries Leaves Microsoft Games Studios
6:22 AM | Jean-Luc Dinsdale | Comment on this story
In an email sent out to the press Tuesday, Microsoft senior vice president and chief Xbox officer Robbie Bach has announced that Ed Fries, vice president of games publishing for Microsoft Game Studios, is leaving the company after 18 years.
Fries, the 39-year-old Seattle resident responsible for the expansion of Microsoft's once-small gaming division into a 1,200-employee organisation, first started off as an intern with the company's applications division in the mid-80's. He was put in charge of Microsoft's gaming division ten years ago, and has been influencial in bringing top-notch developers Ensemble Studios and Rare into the company's fold. Fries played a key role in the company's acquisition of everybody's favorite, Bungie Studios.
Fries, who expressed a desire for a more sedate family life, and the pressures of having a young child at home as the prime reasons for leaving, would like to stay in the gaming industry, but has yet to announce his current plans for the future. Fries will be temporarily replaced by Microsoft executive Shane Kim until a permanent replacement can be found.
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