Xbox’s Major Nelson is Leaving the Company



By: Jason Siu


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Xbox's Major Nelson (Larry Hryb) is leaving Microsoft after 20 years

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One of Xbox’s most familiar faces, Major Nelson, is leaving Microsoft after 22 years. Also known as Larry Hryb, Major Nelson has been extremely important to the franchise and will surely be missed by the community he helped form and grow over the years. He announced his departure on Twitter, saying that he has decided to “take a step back and work on the next chapter” of his career.

According to his Wikipedia page, Hryb began his career at Microsoft in 2001 serving as the editor-in-chief of MSN Music. He moved to the Xbox division in 2003 and is attributed to being instrumental in the development of Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Live, Kinect, and the New Xbox Experience. More recently, he’s been hosting the Official Xbox Podcast, which will take a hiatus this summer and will return with a new format.

Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ve heard from Hryb within the gaming community. The industry is a much better place with his contributions.

Update: We made a correction from 20 years to 22 years. Larry Hryb has been with Microsoft since 2001, but didn’t join the Xbox division until 2003.

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With over 20 years of online publishing experience, Jason Siu is currently the Content Director at VerticalScope and used to spend most of his time writing about cars. His work can be seen on websites such as AutoGuide, EV Pulse, FlatSixes, Tire Authority, and more. As the former co-founder of and West Coast Editor of Modified Magazine, he has also authored two books for CarTech Books. In his spare time, he founded FullCleared to indulge in his passion for writing about games. Although Jason is a variety gamer, he generally prefers RPGs.

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