Larry Hryb, an Xbox employee perhaps best known by his alias “Major Nelson,” will leave Microsoft, he announced Friday. Hryb has been an important face for many of Xbox’s marketing efforts from the days of the original Xbox and Xbox Live online service, to the launch of Xbox 360 and every year since.
“After 20 incredible years, I have decided to step back and work on the next chapter of my career.” tweeted. “As I take a moment and think about all we’ve done together, I want to thank the millions of gamers around the world who have included me as a part of their lives.”
In January, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said the upcoming changes would cut the company’s workforce by 10,000 employees, or about 5 percent of its workforce of 220,000, by the third quarter of this year. anus. Hryb’s departure follows a GeekWire Monday’s report pointing to a Washington State Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice (WARN) notice released by Microsoft indicating the layoff of 276 workers, affecting customer service, support and sales staff.
Hryb has not said where he will head next, though he will take time off with his family and enjoy the summer in seattle.