Although Microsoft has made some rather substantial cut-backs in their gaming divisions, terminating the entire Flight Simulator
studio in the process, the company says that it still believes that Windows is a first-class gaming platform.
The comments come at the same time as Microsoft appoints a new general manager for the controversial Games for Windows Live division which has been met with scorn from many gamers. Chris Early is apparently being replaced with Ron Pessner, who is being taken from Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, according to Kotaku
“Moving ahead, Microsoft will continue to invest in Windows as a first–class gaming platform through great Windows out of box experiences, our online gaming services including Games for Windows – LIVE, MSN Games, and Messenger games, and through new games for Windows developed by Microsoft Games Studios,
" an MS spokesperson said in a statement.
"Our Windows gaming service efforts will be led by General Manager Ron Pessner, who is joining Microsoft’s Interactive Entertainment Business. He comes from within Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division.
While Microsoft has refused to comment on further personnel changes, it is rumoured that there will be further high-level lay-offs as the company tries to consolidate some management positions.
Games for Windows Live has faced some pretty fierce criticism from gamers, especially when it comes to GTA IV on the PC
, which uses multiple logon systems.
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