In a move that may seem shocking to some, Peter Moore, the outspoken Microsoft executive, has left his job at the Xbox manufacturer to take a post as President of EA Sports. As a result, he will move to EA’s Redwood Shores headquarters and will begin his new job in September.
Moore is being replaced by Don Mattrick (pictured), a longtime EA executive who has worked as an external advisor to Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division for the past six months. He will take his position at Microsoft starting July 30.
“The people at EA Sports have created one of the strongest brands in the entertainment industry and John Riccitiello is building an organization which will extend the company’s leadership to new platforms and new audiences all over the world,” said Moore in today’s announcement. “I couldn’t be more excited about joining EA and moving my family back to the San Francisco Bay Area.”
“While Peter will certainly be missed, we are delighted to have one of the industry’s most talented and passionate veterans on board to lead the business,” said Microsft Entertainment and Devices president Robbie Bach. “Don is well-known and respected throughout the industry for his deep knowledge, technical expertise and management savvy.”
Moore’s previous digs includes being the president and COO of Sega of America, where he oversaw the launch of the Dreamcast in 1999. Interestingly, this will be his highest paying job, as this SEC filing reveals. He will be paid $550,000 a year, with a potential annual bonus of $412,500; there is also a one-time signing bonus of $1.5 million. There are other perks, too, in the form of stock options and restricted shares.
The ceremony was held in Berlin’s 8500 seater adidas stadium where Peter Moore, the ubiquitous Microsoft VP, presented the Portugal team with the trophy. Portugal beat Mexico 2-1 in the final.
The Portugal team, pictured right, consists of Miguel Angelo Dinis, 28, and Antonio Luis Ferreira Gomes, 21, who were accompanied by Joao Miguel Gouveia da Cruz Dias, 24, their “ultimate fan”.
Further images from the event can be found on Flickr.
Just when you thought Sony’s key executives were the only crazy ones, Microsoft’s Peter Moore comes along and makes a statement so insane… it’s almost scary. In an interview with Kikizo, the man behind the Xbox team got a little too proud of the Xbox 360 and said that the company has “under promised and over delivered” referring to the console’s backwards compatibility with Xbox games.
Nobody is concerned anymore about backwards compatibility. We under promised and over delivered on that. It’s a very complicated thing… very complex work. I’m just stunned that we have hundreds of games that are backwards compatible.
He added: “more are coming, but at some point, you just go, there’s enough, let’s move on, or people aren’t as worried about a game being backwards compatible – and I like to think we’ve upheld our end of the bargain in making at least two or maybe three hundred games backwards compat.”
He also talks about larger hard drives for the 360, as well as third-party support, Japanese popularity and more.
Plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery. My English teacher taught me that, and It seems Nintendo believes in the same philosophy too: Shigeru Miyamoto, often referred to as the “father of modern videogaming,” commented that Sony’s inclusion of motion sensing in their “DualShake” controller proves that the Wii is on the right track. Here’s what he had to say:
It’s kind of what always seems to happen. But the fact that they looked at what we were doing and decided it was a good path is kind of flattering; it kind of reinforces in our minds that we’re doing the right thing.
What they’ve done is just take your standard controller and add in this motion-sensing device that’s similar to what we did back on the Game Boy Color many years ago. Maybe if they were to completely copy and go with a remote and a nunchuk and two motion sensors, I might be a little more concerned. But I don’t think they’re anywhere close to that.
He also talked about his rivals’ performances at E3, saying that “it’s the same old experiences with new graphics,” referring to Sony and Microsoft’s plans for the “HD era”. The man also talked about the Japanese reaction to the Wii name; he also addressed worries that the new controller would be too cumbersome for casual gamers.
At Microsoft we did the same controller six years ago – most people remember that,” Moore said. “The gamers’ response was muted at best. We remember it being applicable to flying games in particular and some driving games but overall there was somewhat of a collective yawn from the gaming community about the motion sensing technology.
Alluding to the removal of rumble in Sony’s PS3 controller, he commented that it’s “[not] a good trade off in itself.” Even the exorbitant (to most) price is commented on, but he concludes by saying that “Sony’s a great company,” and that it knows what it is doing.