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Xbox Multimedia Head Exits Microsoft

by Eric Frederiksen | January 16, 2014January 16, 2014 10:30 pm PST

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Xbox Vice President of Multimedia Blair Westlake announced this week that he is resigning from his position at Microsoft.

“It has become clear to me that the organization is moving in a direction that does not fit either my expertise or my skill sets,” Westlake said, according to a report by Variety.

Westlake was in charge of, according to Microsoft News, the group “that licensed movies and television shows for Microsoft products” as well as deciding policy issues surrounding intellectual property and content protection technology.”

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been doing a bit of reorganizing. CEO Steve Ballmer is on the way out, and Nancy Tellem was brought on as President of Entertainment and Digital Media, playing a significant role in the non-gaming parts of the Xbox One unveiling last spring.

Westlake cited the organization as a primary reason for his departure, but spoke positively of the other executives:

“I have had the privilege of working with numerous talented and professional people. While I will miss their company and our interaction, I truly believe this move is in the best interest of all parties concerned. I want to thank my talented and committed team, as well as Yusuf Mehdi, Robbie Bach, Will Poole, and Hank Vigil, all of whom had a significant positive impact on me at Microsoft.”

Variety writes that Westlake was a big champion of online entertainment for Microsoft. In his ten years with the company, he played a role in the company’s pursuit of adding services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go onto the Xbox console.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...

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