Microsoft Xbox Chief Peter Moore: Did he jump or was he pushed?

Microsoft Xbox Chief Peter Moore: Did he jump or was he pushed?

Summary: Peter Moore, the Corporate Vice President of Microosft's Interactive Entertainment Business -- and the point guy on Xbox and Games for Windows -- is leaving Microsoft to become President of Electronic Arts' Sports label. What do you think: Was Moore pushed or did he jump?

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Peter Moore, the Corporate Vice President of Microosft's Interactive Entertainment Business -- and the point guy on Xbox and Games for Windows -- is leaving Microsoft to become President of Electronic Arts' Sports label.

Microsoft’s Peter MooreMicrosoft made the announcement of Moore's pending departure (he starts at EA in September) on July 17, twelve days after after taking a $1 billion-plus charge for faulty Xbox hardware in the quarter which ended June 30. (Moore's replacement is Don Mattrick, a former president at Electronic Arts.)

Microsoft's official word is Moore resigned. Skeptics are wondering whether he is the scapegoat for the Xbox hardware meltdown. Just days before admitting the "Three Rings of Death" was a real problem affecting more than a handful of vociferous users, Moore was the stand-up guy taking the lumps for Microsoft.

Either way, the timing isn't ideal for Microsoft. The company's Q4 2007 earnings announcement is July 19. This week, the company is convening its annual rah-rah gathering of its salesforce, known as MGX, in Orlando.

Before you assume Moore was pushed, however, look at what Moore is getting for joining EA. From Moore's offer letter from EA (a copy of EA was required to file by the Securities and Exchange Commission):

  • A base salary of $550,000 per year
  • A target bonus of 75 percent of his annual base salary
  • A one-time bonus of $1.5 million (minus taxes) "in recognition of the future compensation value he would be foregoing by leaving his position at Microsoft." He earns this bonus at the completion of his second year at Microsoft but gets it within 30 days of starting at EA.
  • A stock option to purchase 350,000 shares of the company's common stock and 50,000 shares of restricted stock
  • Relocation expenses of about $330,000

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  • It is simply Moore's law...

    Every year the number of XBOX 360 consoles that burst into flames will double.
    Mike Cox
    • ROTFLMAO !!!

      "Every year the number of XBOX 360 consoles that burst into flames will double."


      This is not one of your better ones Mike , but I'll admit adding Moore's Law to the bursting into flames was great . How about a cookout now ?
      Intellihence
    • Very funny, but too direct for Mike Cox

      Very funny, but too direct. If anyone else posted this then they would get major cudos. We just expect more from Mike Cox!
      georgeou
    • LOL - 10.0

      Short and sweet.
      dragosani
    • I had to reread the poster name five times

      I was trying to check for clones or any other possibility that the universe was up-side down yesterday.

      If there were some ZDnet Troll awards, that would win "Best use of Moore's Law"
      nucrash
    • Obviously a fake...

      Come on... Mike Cox - THE ultimate Microsoft fanboi - making a joke at the expense of Microsoft? NEVER!

      Where's the POSITIVE spin on all of this? Where's the lunch/dinner with the Microsoft rep? Inquring Minds Want to know!
      Wolfie2K3
      • Most of his jokes are at the expense of Microsoft and his own character

        Most of his jokes are at the expense of Microsoft and his own character. Anyone who's followed Mike Cox should see that. This particular post was actually a bit too direct for Mike Cox.
        georgeou
        • For some reason

          I feel that Mike posts on the forums under another alias most of the time and just sits back to watch who responds to his great works of art.

          I don't know who it is, but I know who it isn't. Loverock, Myself, BeyondVistaALeopardisStalking, DonnieBoy.

          Calling for the Real Mike Cox to stand up is like asking Tupac's murderer to accept a death sentence.
          nucrash
    • Great Post - But not is Spirit with the True Mike Cox

      Still would like to see you have your own blog, though!
      BanjoPaterson
  • Does it really matter to anyone aside from him

    Does it matter if Microsoft layed it out in spades with an ultimate choice of being terminated or layed off in the face of resignations of either his own choosing or with enhanced help ? Maybe Microsoft did, maybe they didn't but it's much like where you live, it doesn't really matter how you got there or how you leave, it's a matter of being happy where you are.
    intrepi
  • What does it matter?

    Remember this, [b]Microsoft made the claim[/b], Microsoft counts units shipped, not
    units sold. So what if 33% to 38% are refurbished warranty returns. So what if 3.3 to
    3.8 million xbox 360's are phantoms. It's all about the perception of marketshare.
    After all marketshare is only a perception, not actual facts.

    As for Peter Moore, I personally wish him the best. But with so many Microsoft
    department heads leaving, doesn't it make you wonder what's wrong? Where are all
    the usual NBMers? They should be here to defend their religion!
    Rick_K
    • Religion

      Their Religion is dying along with their company.

      Ding Dong the Witch is Dead!!!!
      X41
    • New Blood

      This seems normal to me. Microsoft is in the spot light so it is highlighted but this happens to every big corporation. Take a look at big energy corporation if you want an example. This just normal, nothing out of the ordinary and it happens all the time.
      voska
      • You may be correct

        It does seem like Microsoft loses more these days then in the past.

        I think that there are more options in the job market than in the past.
        dragosani
        • Exactly

          Bring in the new blood. They are replacing Moore with a guy from EA. Sounds like the companies just both decided to swap out their heavy hitters.

          Notice Ray Ozzy and what he is bringing to Microsoft.

          All of those who think that Microsoft is leaning on the way out or waning in pain are in for a bit of shock. The same group assumed that AMD was going to continue to be the dominent Processor for some time and look what Intel did.
          nucrash
  • Hey MJF, lets look at a real story.

    http://arstechnica.com:80/news.ars/post/20070717-microsoft-patents-the-mother-of-all-adware-systems.html

    It's such a tremendously bad idea that it's almost bound to succeed. Microsoft has filed another patent, this one for an "advertising framework" that uses "context data" from your hard drive to show you advertisements and "apportion and credit advertising revenue" to ad suppliers in real time. Yes, Redmond wants to own the patent on the mother of all adware....
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Sometimes You Surprise me...

      Just when I have you figured out for an out-and-out Microsoft fan band...
      BanjoPaterson
  • I say let em go.

    If the guy jumped ship or was pushed off the plank, either way, he knows the busniess. So maybe EA and MS will both benifit from this in thier own respective ways.

    Maybe "new blood" as it was put, is a good thing.
    damonx9
  • Maybe it was simply a trade..

    Gee.. No one seems to have spotted this - Moore is going to EA. His replacement is from EA. Maybe this is simply a trade - like one between two baseball or football teams.
    Wolfie2K3
  • Probably just a scape-goat

    I imagine they HAD to do SOMETHING to
    appease the stock holders for blowing
    truckloads of money.
    Ole Man