Chris Lewis, the senior Microsoft executive who leads the firm's European console business, has revealed plans to retire from the company.
With the limited launch and failure to ignite the brand in the former Xbox bastion of the UK, this is really no surprise. Strange time to be a gamer. This generation will take a deadly toll on one of the three giants, I feel, and its mostly Nintendo and MS on the chopping block atm.
Nintendo will be fine, considering they still have the highest-selling 8th gen platform (the 3DS) and it is selling rather well (though not as well as DS, admittedly). Microsoft has plenty of money from other divisions (obviously) and so while they CAN keep the Xbox afloat, the question is WILL they?
In a way dedicated, I hope they sell the brand and everything to Samsung. After what has come to pass since 2010 when Mattrick got the helm, and was allowed to do to the brand, I think that perhaps they should sell. Especially releasing a dearer console that absolutely gets dry humped by its lower priced competitor in every metric, just shows that they lost the plot and trusted that idiot mattrick too much. But then again Samsung getting the brand would mean the end of everyone else.... And a one console monopoly is not what I want to see. But, seeing Samsung destroy Sony and seeing the idiotic fanboy trolls like you suffer would be pleasing. You can't have everything I suupose
@loulou You can continue to jump ships (Sega -> Xbox -> Samsung) or you can join us on the dark side...
@dedicatedtogames It doesn't work like that. For Nintendo you're right, but not on MS. Each division has their own budget for the year. Xbox division can't simply walk over to MS Office division and say we need to borrow some money. ALl the division are under the umbrella of MS, and if one division is underperforming then MS corp. has to either invest more money to that division, or start cutting budget, jobs, or worse the division. The XBO isn't in that level of danger atm, but as we know some shareholders aren't seeing enough profit coming in to want to keep the division around. None of the consoles are in a dire situation right now. Well maybe Wii U and Vita, but there's still hope for both of those platforms since the Vita Slim will be launching worldwide soon and hopefully PSV TV will be launching worldwide holiday 2014 with a DualShock 4 controller instead of DS3. Wii U has a good line-up of games, and with a great E3 showing they'll do fine with software sales and console sales.
"Microsoft has plenty of money from other divisions (obviously) and so while they CAN keep the Xbox afloat, the question is WILL they?" Xbox One isn't a sinking ship, and it is still a profitable and thriving platform. It just isn't selling as well as a competitor. From a financial standpoint: a) Sony's gaming division is fine. Sony as a whole is in trouble and has been for a decade now. Financially they are pretty bad off. b) MS gaming division is fine. MS as a whole is fine financially and otherwise although they face threat from somewhat poor Windows 8 sales. c) Nintendo is "gaming division" is half and half, meaning handheld is fine, but console is imploding. Financially they have plenty of cash in the piggy bank. So the real concern isn't if Xbox is staying a float, it is self sustaining! The real question is, can Sony prevent other departments that are poorly performing (i.e. the rest of the company) from affecting the gaming division! The other real question is, can Nintendo sustain the losses with Wii U, and the decreasing handheld business? Will their new strategy of wearable devices be possible.
Nintendo isn't going anywhere anytime soon. The Wii success and the DS will see them through their current hardship. Microsoft is an interesting case, they have more than enough money to keep them going in the console market but the real question is whether or not they will choose to continue going this route. The Xbox One as it stands now doesn't make much sense to the direction Microsoft is trying to go in, but the Xbox One with all of the DRM made perfect sense. So either they will leave the market or figure out a new way to implement the policies of the original plan for the Xbox One.
Games for Windows Live. They need to return to PC. Sell Xbox to Google or someone else.
MS isn't going anywhere the fact that most assume that MS is losing is due to Sony launching in a lot more territories but for MS to stay right in the hunt they need to launch in more territories. Enough with a 3 month judgment on who will win this generation lets let it play out.
Lol so, ps4 fans say Sony cutting failing divisions and eliminating thousands of jobs is trimming the fat, but a guy being pushed to resign is a sign the sky is falling. It says XBOX EUROPE boss resigns, not Uk. He has failed to grow the xbox brand in Europe, which is a continent, not a country. I like this move first Matrick now him, I see these as positive moves. When you don;t produce you get replaced. Only on n4g will a failing executive being forced to resign be considered as a person jumping ship lol. Or the xbox having it's most successful launch ever be consider a failure after 2.5 months. Give me Phil and Phil, they will continue to lead xbox gaming in a great direction.
The guy has been at Ms since 1989, thats a pretty long time. MS needs to find the right person to replace this guy. Phil Harrison would be a great idea but he is currently focused on the studios and game development in that region imo ms needs to find someone from outside the company, new blood with fresh ideas but with years of experience, someone quite vast in the knowledge of the business and dedicated to gamers. I wouldnt bother too much about his though cos i trust MS will get the right person in there in no time, they have been recruiting alot lately and i feel their uk console business is in need of some change. Wish Chris all the best though he did a good job with the 360.
I know it hurts doesn't it. Lol better luck next time. The PS4 is dominating in all the major territories. Great gaming? Over charging for inferior hardware is great gaming? Very delusional my friend.
MS's console is selling very well and has even surpassed the 360's successful launch so no MS is not on the chopping block. Nintendo has billions in the bank, all profit. Yes, their WiiU is not doing well at all but in no way is Nintendo ever going to be on the chopping block.
Add to that the fact the 360 was launched when there were no other competitors, and the X1 is hobbling out of the gate due to the E3 disaster and going up against the Ps4. I would say the X1 is doing surprisingly well. I know its hard for most of you to believe, but it does not bother me that the Ps4 is ahead, or if it remains ahead for that matter.
@Nocando I am not surprised the PS4 is ahead either. The console is $400 bux. That is the sweetest spot for any consumer. MS was out of their mind to sell theirs 100 more, they should have at least made it $450.
man all these executives leaving ms, do they know something we don't?
Nope. They have pretty much proved that we know much more than they do. If they read N4G they could even have found out what they didn't know before they made a big mess of things.
Yes. N4G, the bastion of level headed and insightful commentary on the gaming industry.
No, there just realizing what people have been saying for months.
I guess that's what you get when the suits rule the roost and bork the vision of a dominating brand. You can tell the original 360 pioneers aren't there anymore.
yeah i totally agree, xbox 360, even though was much less powerful than the ps3, was still a fantastic console, at this point its too early too tell who is the winner of this gen but its not looking good for xbox.
They had some good guys at one time that were inside the community, not looking at it from a glass tower. J. Allard knew exactly what he was doing. In fact he was so good they thought he could rescue other MS hardware. They should never have moved him. If he was still at Xbox you would never have seen the X1 launch the way it did with those out of touch policies.
Best of luck to him. The former leads of the Xbox brand (y'know, the ones who made it a success and who pushed it forward in the gaming space) all seem to be leaving the company. inb4 "You fool X1 has the best launch Lineup MEtaCritic they are focusing on gaming!" Um...yeah, I'm talking about long term here. You can't determine long-term commitment by looking at the launch window. Perhaps these XBox bosses see what's coming down the road and they want out.
Its called restructuring new blood is needed.
Sony has the cash issues and is losing each console sold...that all being said, both consoles have sold at a record pace. Granted it isn't iPad sales...however how many gens did it take to get there? Both Sony and MS will have a strong showing. Nintendo? They may go the way of Sega...although they have more liquidity than Sony.
actually sony is making like $20 per console (about, i dont know the exact numbers the point is they are making a profit) last gen though the ps3 was selling at a loss until like 2009 i think.
http://www.digitaltrends.co... http://www.geek.com/games/s... Actually they aren't making money. After a PS+ or game attachment they are. http://www.polygon.com/2013... http://www.forbes.com/sites... Microsoft makes a profit or breaks even on the hardware before a game or Live is attached.
I'm not sure where disagrees come from...lol...it is all facts! Sony is cash strapped even with PS3 profits...Ninty hasn't had a strong showing. MS is in a good place financially but the the perceived lack of power of the X1 will hurt it and it has via sales...it will be interesting.
Sorry but why are you even bringing Sony up in this article? It's about a Microsoft employee resigning, not a Sony one. I swear, I hear more about Sony in Xbox articles than I do on PS ones.
matrick out now this guy, things are looking very dire indeed, it says he's retiring? how old is he 60?
Matrick was a plague.
Assuming Phil Harrison will take over.
That would be the best thing that could happen. He was phenomenal over at Sony and Atari. I wish him the best at Microsoft, especially if he becomes the new head. He was the guy pushing PlayStation to do motion gaming for the PS2 before the Wii came out. Nobody listened...
Agreed, Phil has done a great job for Sony at MS.
Good. The guy hasn't even announced a Xbox One release date for The Netherlands or Belgium. But we don't need it. We need a new stock of PS4's.
All i see is people giving up when the chips are down.the xbox one hasn't even been out a year and some are walking away or trying to sell off the xbox brand. Good times for everyone when you are winning but it's what you when your losing to see what you are made of. I glad most of sony's employee's stuck it out when the ps3 was losing. phil was the only one that jump ship when sony was down.
Nintendo proved they can go through hard times, So has sony. You can say MS did with Xbox but they knew going in that race they'd be underdogs the first go around. 360 was a success so it'll be interesting to see IF xb1 fails to impress down the road what they do.
He's not giving up, he's retiring. The new console has been launched. Even if he stayed 5 more years he won't see another console launch. It's a good time to retire.
With new people in charge, they can keep turning this ship around. 2013 was an ugly year for the Xbox division, but since E3, they've slowly been gaining ground once again. New management might do them some good.
At 7.20am this morning I presume?
7:20:30 to be exact lol
Damn hopefully best of luck, and good luck !
The wrong ones are leaving. Find the bugger that were responsible for the hardware design, E3 and DRM fiasco and string him up high! !
Mattrick is that man.. But he already went. Everything else can turned around. A 500 dollar donkey console cannot. And I bought one day one. This will be a short gen IMO. 2017 will see a new Xbox in stores
If one generation fail could make a company leave the hardware market, Sega would've gotten out after the Sega CD, 32x or Saturn at the most, Nintendo would've left after the Gamecube. If the X One doesn't sell at all (which is not the case so far), I'm sure MS would have another go at it. Heck, depending on the standard, even the PS3 was a commercial failure for Sony, since it lost them more than half of the console market share they had with the PS2. Calm down, boys.
"Since joining Microsoft as one of the first UK employees in 1989, Chris has made significant contributions across the partner, enterprise and retail businesses," said Xbox head Yusuf Mehdi. "He has been a distinguished leader for our Xbox team in Europe - overseeing the launch of the original Xbox, Xbox 360, Kinect and most recently Xbox One, and growing the business significantly across the region. "Following that success, Chris has now chosen to retire from Microsoft and focus on his other business and personal interests. We wish Chris nothing but the best, and we thank him for everything he's contributed to Xbox and Microsoft as a whole over the past 25 years." I really wish that people would bother to read the article instead of pretending like they know anything about how running a business works. News flash, unless you're a business major senior year in college, then you have no idea how to run a business, stop being pseudo intellectuals, and read the article next time. -_-
Normal business practice for tenuered employee is to get a severance package and shown the door, being fired is not what is reported its called retirement to the media.
RUN. If all the natives find out the truth their going to want to kill us.
I guess thats it then almost all the guys that made 360 a success are gone. Bill Gates, Shane Kim, Robbie Bach, J Allard, Peter Moore, now Chris Moore. Last one standing is Phil Spencer and i wouldn't be shocked if he decided or is asked to leave soon. Then all that will be left is empty suites fumbling around with this X1. Xbox fans your going to miss these guys.
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