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Activision, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics vet Gallagher joins Microsoft Studios

Activision, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics vet Gallagher joins Microsoft Studios

Industry veteran Darrell Gallagher has moved from Activision to Microsoft.

As announced on Twitter by Microsoft Studios chief Matt Booty, the hire is to an unknown position in the firm's executive leadership team, per the man himself's LinkedIn profile.

Were we to guess - and considering Gallagher's CV - this is likely a hire to bolster Microsoft's studio strategy as the firm looks towards the next generation of hardware. 

Gallagher himself has said that he is "excited to be part of the team" and hyped up Microsoft/Xbox's E3 presence saying "good things to come".

Gallagher has worked in the industry for over 20 years, having joined Sony as head of creative back in 1997. Since then he has held roles at Rockstar, THQ, Tomb Raider firm Crystal Dynamics before joining Square Enix as head of product development and studios in 2013. He then joined Activision as SVP head of development in 2016.

This is the latest change at the top of Microsoft, following Xbox chief Phil Spencer joining the firm's senior leadership team before former Minecraft chief Booty was promoted to CVP of Microsoft Studios.

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Prior to this, he worked for more than three years at UK games trade publication MCV, holding the role of deputy editor. He also worked on London Games Festival 2017 as content editor for marketing and events. Furthermore, his work has appeared in Eurogamer, Kotaku, Esquire UK, The Observer and Develop.


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