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Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb to depart Xbox

Hyrb was a big public figure for both the Xbox brand and the western game industry as a whole.

Justin Carter

July 14, 2023

1 Min Read
Xbox's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb at a 2006 Xbox event.
Image from Wikipedia via photographer Derek Bauer.

Larry Hyrb, best known by his online handle of 'Major Nelson', announced his departure from Xbox after 20 years. 

On Twitter, he explained his decision to "take a step back and work on the next chapter of my career. As I take a moment and think about all we have done together, I want to thank the millions of players around the world who have included me as part of their lives."

Hyrb joined Microsoft 2001 as its editor-in-chief of MSN Music, then transferred to Xbox in 2003. During his early time there, he was a key figure for the console and often associated with the both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the Kinect peripherals, and the Xbox Live service.

Much of his time at Xbox was as a senior programming director, where he helped contribute to the New Xbox Experience that changed Xbox Live's community features and interface. He also often gave feedback to developers on how to interact with their communities on social media.

Following the announcement, Xbox head Phil Spencer thanked Hyrb for "being a friend, and for everything you’ve done for our Xbox community and team."

About the Author(s)

Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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