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Seamus Blackley leaves Microsoft

Reasons unknown

There were few at Microsoft more profoundly involved with the Xbox project than Seamus Blackley, and according to the Reuters news agency, he has resigned from the company. "He has left Microsoft to pursue other opportunities," Xbox spokesman James Bernard explained. "We value his contributions." Although many tabloids in the UK embellished the story of Rick Belluzzo's departure from Microsoft to make it look like a vote of no confidence for the new console, Blackley's involvement with the project ran far, far deeper than Belluzzo's. According to Reuters, Blackley will not be ready to discuss details of his new venture for another two weeks at least. Whether it relates to gaming or not is, at present, unknown.

Source - Reuters (thanks Brian)