Microsoft Games Specialist Joins Amazon

A top video game specialist at Microsoft has left the company to join Amazon.

Andre Vrignaud, director of game platform strategy at Microsoft, has left to join web-based retailer Amazon at a new and unspecified position, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

Vrignaud in his blogpost revealed: "I make this announcement with mixed emotions as I'm excited about where Microsoft is going in the next few years as they look to reinvent digital entertainment…but I'm also obviously very intrigued about what Amazon is looking to do.

He did not provide details about his new position at the online retail giant, but it is expected that Vrignaud will be helping Amazon with its aim to develop a digital gaming platform.

The gaming veteran had joined Microsoft in 2002 to head the Xbox Live team and has been a major contributor behind the successful Xbox console and Xbox Live online platform.

Vrignaud is the second executive to leave the company after Mike Nash, who recently left Microsoft as corporate vice president of Windows Platform strategy.