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Mar 13 2012

Phil Harrison Turns His Coat… Sort Of


It definitely sounds more conniving when you give it a title like that, but essentially that is what happened.

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For those of you who heard about it last week, Peter Molyneux left his position as the head of Microsoft Game Studios in Europe. News broke today that ex-Sony executive Phil Harrison has been hired by Microsoft. He’s the guy who brought the system exclusive LittleBigPlanet games by Media Molecule to the Sony platforms. That’s no small accomplishment and there are more notches on his belt: Evolution Studios makers of MotorStorm series, Guerilla Games makers of Killzone, and about 10 others. Harrison has a reputation for finding talent, and this makes him a perfect choice for Microsoft.

However, Microsoft has stated that the hiring of Phil Harrison is merely a coincidence and has nothing to do with Peter Molyneux departure. “Phil’s role at IEB [Interactive Entertainment Business] leadership team will be to lead Microsoft Studios European organization, but will also influence the broader performance of IEB’s European business. “Microsoft will continue to rely on their current group of first party developers, and Peter Molyneux’s role as LionHead studio manager is currently being filled by LionHead COO Mark Webley.

Phil Harrison resigned from Sony on February 25th 2009, and on May 29 2009 it was announced that he had become the non-executive director of Atari. April 19, 2010 Artari announced Phil Harrison had resigned from the company’s Board of Directors. Then on May 17, 2010 he joined the advisory board at David Perry’s cloud gaming service known as Gaikai. So since leaving Sony he has had quite a trip, hopefully he finds his stay a Microsoft pleasant.

"I am excited to be joining the senior team at Microsoft at a pivotal time for our industry... I am really impressed with the company's long-term vision for growing the market for interactive entertainment globally and also with the incredible wealth of talent, technology and resources the company has available to succeed." Harrison

That’s Yo ‘Business’ Garbage

 

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