This week marked the end of an era for games industry luminary Peter Moore. After serving as corporate vice-president of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment’s business subdivision, president of SEGA of America, and head of EA Sports, Moore departed from the video game world to pursue a new career: as CEO of Liverpool Football Club. Moore marked his exit with a farewell letter and accompanying video, expressing his gratitude for the opportunities he’s had over the past 18 years.
Moore posted his heartfelt message to his Twitter account, which has since been made private. He celebrated the nearly two decades he’s has spent in the industry, stating that he cherished the time spent at SEGA, EA, and Microsoft.
“From the advent of online gaming (albeit via a 56K modem), to the ‘console wars,’ and now to games as 365 days a year, live experiences, I have been fortunate to have borne witness to the amazing growth of this, our wonderful gaming industry.”
Though his work saw him sit in top-tier corporate positions, Moore humbly said that he can’t take credit for the projects, products, and gameplay experiences fans have adored over the years. He explained that he was simply the face of EA, Microsoft, and SEGA. “I was merely the front man for your brilliant achievements,” Moore stated. “The ‘suit’ that sometimes did goofy, cheesy stunts, and speeches to draw attention to your phenomenally creative talent.”
While it’s clear Moore has a true passion for games – which may be a bit of an understatement, given his Halo 2 release date tattoo – he’s an even bigger fan of his colleagues and even his competition. “If you work in the industry, I am in awe of what you do in bringing games to life in ways we could have only dreamed of a few short years ago,” Moore said. However, his enthusiasm often marked him as the target of intense social media abuse. In the past, Moore took hits from those dissatisfied with the companies for which he worked.
Moore also created and shared a goodbye video, which he posted on his YouTube page. Entitled “Oh the memories…,” the clip serves as a visual scrapbook documenting the projects Moore worked on and the people he met during his “18 wonderful years” in the industry. Take a look below:
Moore concluded his letter by saying, “I shall miss everything about this industry each day, henceforth.” As he sang his swan song, Moore left fans and critics alike some words of wisdom in a message that seems of great relevance and importance when considering how susceptible the gaming industry can be to tension and online negativity.
“If you are a gamer, take a deep breath and a moment of reflection occasionally and admire the incredible creativity of the medium you love. And if a game disappoints, provide constructive feedback, not the vitriol that is unfortunately so prevalent nowadays,” Moore stated.
Though the games industry lost a great executive with Moore’s departure, his impact and final words likely won’t be forgotten.