Larry Hryb, an Xbox worker maybe higher recognized by his “Main Nelson” alias, is leaving Microsoft, he introduced on Friday. Hryb has been a serious face for a lot of of Xbox’s advertising actions for the reason that days of the unique Xbox and Xbox Stay on-line service, by the launch of the Xbox 360 and all the years since.
“After 20 unimaginable years, I’ve determined to take a step again and work on the following chapter of my profession,” he tweeted. “As I take a second and take into consideration all we now have finished collectively, I wish to thank the tens of millions of avid gamers all over the world who’ve included me as a part of their lives.”
In January, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated coming modifications would scale back the corporate’s workforce by 10,000 workers, or about 5 p.c of its 220,000 particular person workforce, by Q3 this 12 months. Hryb’s departure follows a GeekWire report on Monday mentioning a Washington State Employee Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) discover posted by Microsoft indicating the layoff of 276 employees, impacting personnel in customer support, assist, and gross sales.
Hryb’s actions included internet hosting Microsoft’s Official Xbox Podcast and recurrently sharing information from the Xbox workforce together with his greater than 1 million followers on Twitter. Despite the fact that he’s leaving, he says the podcast will likely be “taking a hiatus” over the summer time and can return “in a brand new format.”
Many are expressing their appreciation for Hryb on Twitter, together with Xbox boss Phil Spencer and even the official PlayStation account. Ralph Jodice, who works for a PR company that helps the Xbox workforce, shared a thread with many enjoyable images, together with Hryb buying and selling playing cards.
Hryb hasn’t stated the place he is perhaps headed subsequent, although he’s going to take a while off together with his household and luxuriate in summer time in Seattle.