Former Sony Worldwide Studios Phil Harrison Picked Up By Microsoft To Head European Xbox Team

Posted: Mar 14 2012, 2:02pm CDT | by , in News | Gaming

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Microsoft swipes former Sony executive for Xbox division

Microsoft has hired Phil Harrison, Sony's former head of worldwide studios, to operate the Xbox division in Europe. Harrison was hired this week. Microsoft issued a statement saying, "As the senior IEB leader in Europe, Phil will not only lead the Microsoft Studios European organization directly, but will also influence the broader performance of IEB's European business through strategic partnerships and by bringing culturally relevant entertainment experiences to Microsoft platforms, now and in the future."

This is an interesting move, Harrison has a lot of insight into Sony's operations and Sony is Microsoft direct competition in the console gaming market. This should certainly give Microsoft a leg up and I'm surprised Harrison wasn't hamstrung by non-compete.

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