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What you need to know

  • Xbox CVP Kareem Choudhry is leaving Microsoft effective today.
  • Choudhry has worked on some of Microsoft’s most advanced gaming technologies, from Xbox Cloud Gaming to its latest AI endeavors.
  • Choudhry’s exit comes ahead of a broader Xbox management reshuffle, with some team members being promoted and new staff coming on board.
  • The broader leadership change is intended to streamline processes and help Microsoft accelerate development plans for Xbox Game Pass, Xbox hardware and more.
  • Windows Central understands that Kareem’s exit was amicable and casual, not part of a wider reorganization.

Microsoft’s gaming organization has become one of the biggest contributors to Microsoft’s overall revenue share, with Xbox now surpassing Windows itself as one of the biggest drivers of revenue. That’s thanks in no small part to the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, which counts Candy Crush Saga, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty among its various billion-dollar verticals.

To that end, Microsoft is rapidly evolving how it thinks about gaming today and for the future of Xbox. It also means some leadership changes.