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Game exec leaves Microsoft

Microsoft announced another executive departure Tuesday, with Vice President Ed Fries leaving his position as head of Microsoft Game Studios, the division that creates games for PCs and the Xbox console. Fries, an 18-year Microsoft veteran, is leaving the company to "pursue other goals," according to a company statement. Shane Kim will serve as interim head of the game division while Microsoft searches for a permanent replacement, according to the statement.

Fries was a key figure in the launch of the Xbox, ensuring the console had an initial hit with the Microsoft-published shooting game "Halo" and helping negotiate Microsoft's $375 million buyout of game developer Rare.