It isn't often that the games industry rumour-mill gets things right, but yesterday seems to have been one of those times. A quick glance over Peter Moore's profile page at Microsoft's website now shows him listed as (Former) Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Entertainment and Devices Division. A title that has seen him overseeing the launch of the Xbox 360 console and introduction of the 'Games For Windows' initiative, among other things. Apparently Moore has decided that is about time that he moved back home to San Francisco Bay, where he and his family originally relocated from when he started working for the Redmond giant back in 2003.
Of course there is one other possibility that may occur to the discerning reader, namely that Moore was very tempted by the huge wad of cash that EA sports (recently separated from the rest of the company) has offered him. Alongside his relocation, Moore’s new role as President of EA Sports will come with a one-time bonus of $1.5 million, a base salary of $550,000 dollars with the potential for bonuses up to 75 percent of that salary if leaked details are to be believed. Moore will remain at Microsoft until August before heading over to his new role at EA.
Taking up the mantle of Lord of the Red Rings of Death is former EA President (it’s like an elaborate game of trading cards) Don Mattrick, who has previously been working for Microsoft as an external advisor to, you guessed it, Peter Moore. Mattrick is going to have an interesting time inheriting command of a division of Microsoft that has received so much negative press recently due to the breakdown rates of its console. Still, it looks like we can expect interesting things from both companies in the near future.