Microsoft is heading into a new era of Xbox gaming, but will be doing it with Dan McCulloch, who has headed Xbox Live for 15 years. In a Twitter post, McCulloch announced he will no longer be leading the online foundation of the Xbox platform.
“After 15 years at XBOX, I announced today that I would be leaving,” his tweet reads. “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! 😉 Thank you!!!”
At the moment, details around the decision are vague. For example, Microsoft has not announced who will head up Xbox Live. This is an important time in the history of Xbox. Microsoft is preparing to launch the Xbox Series X in the fall and once again Xbox Live will play a vital role in the console.
Furthermore, McCulloch has not said whether he has left Microsoft or is transitioning to another division in the company. He does, however, point out he will have more details about his future very soon.
Xbox Live is the underpinning of Microsoft's online gaming experience on Xbox. It is simply the platform that connects gamers around the world. When it launched alongside the Xbox in 2002, it was a trail-blazing introduction to online gaming in the console world. Over the years, Xbox Live has always seemed more fleshed out than Sony's PlayStation Network.
Over 65 million people use Xbox Live. It will be interesting to see what direction a new leader takes the service in. McCulloch has done a fine job growing and steering Live over the last decade and a half.