Xbox Community figurehead Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb has welcomed the newest member of the Xbox Community team into the company today, as Jeff Rubenstein has jumped over to Microsoft, after in the past having been the driving force behind the U.S. PlayStation Blog for five years.
He will act as one of the major faces at Xbox community events, but as well as appearing in-person, Jeff will also be working on different Community programs both on Xbox LIVE and the internet. These have yet to be announced, but Major Nelson did forward on an introductory post from Jeff, to gamers:
I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Xbox team at such an exciting time for the industry. During the interview process, I was taken with how passionate and positive everyone is about gaming, and in how highly they value customer opinion. Especially important to my decision to join the team is the way Microsoft has demonstrated a willingness to listen to the community – and act on what it hears – quite clearly as of late.
I’m also hoping they’ll let me play Titanfall.
Little known fact: I’ve actually known Larry since he helped me on a story I wrote for the Orlando Sentinel back in 2007. We’ve stayed in contact ever since, and his vision on using social media to interact with gamers has been a key influence on my career. Joining Major Nelson’s team is an awesome opportunity, and I look forward to working closely with you all. See you soon!
Jeff did some awesome work on establishing the PlayStation Blog as a real hub for news and for the PlayStation community, Microsoft are no doubt hoping that he will have similar success for the Xbox brand and the new Xbox One console. Good luck Jeff!