Longtime gaming industry executive Peter Moore, who currently serves as EA‘s chief competition officer, will be leaving the gaming industry. Instead, he’s turned his career towards sports. Moore will serve as the chief executive officer for Liverpool Football Club, the English soccer team.

Moore was COO of EA and the president of EA Sports. Less than a year ago, he was moved into his current position as the chief competition officer of EA’s recent competitive gaming division. The news comes as a shock to the gaming industry.

Before working with EA, he was an executive for Sega of America during the Dreamcast era. Moore played a huge role in shifting Sega’s business away from creating console hardware, and into the software-focused company it is today. He joined Microsoft in 2003, and was notorious for using tattoos to hype up release dates for the Xbox’s hottest titles like Halo 2.

EA confirmed the news today. CEO Andrew Wilson had glowing praise for Moore, and wished him well.

If you’ve seen him on stage, or follow him on Twitter, or have ever read an interview with him, you will have a sense of Peter’s wit and charisma. What you should also know is that he is an unbelievable teammate, a tireless leader for our people, and his deep appreciation for great games and the passionate players in our communities is unwavering.

Moore will remain with EA for a few weeks. Liverpool Football Club stated that he will officially begin his role a CEO in June. Moore was born in Liverpool, and has strong pride about his hometown. He’s been a lifelong fan of the team, and serving as their CEO is a dream come true for him.

While he’ll be missed from the world of gaming, Peter Moore will be hopefully successful in his future endeavors as Liverpool FC’s CEO.
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