Upon viewing the job listing page on Microsoft’s website, there was much excitement on the thread. Apparently, Microsoft has plans to extend their Xbox LIVE to other platforms, including Android. Considering the fact that Windows has placed the Xbox LIVE exclusively on their Windows Phone in the past, this bit of news that LiveSide discovered was a complete shock. As the job listing mentioned, Microsoft was looking for a software development engineer who would ‘define, design and implement Xbox LIVE mobile experiences on Windows Phone, iOS and other platforms.’ The position also called for a possibility of social networking-enabled titles, location-based gaming, and many more.
The original job description reads:
“Xbox LIVE Mobile team is looking for a passionate and experienced developer to join us brining [sic] Xbox LIVE entertainment experiences to various mobile platforms. As the team inside IEB (Interactive Entertainment Business) dedicated to mobile experiences, we work closely with console software team and Xbox LIVE services team to bring the latest and greatest gaming and entertainment experience to mobile platforms including Windows Phone, iOS and other mobile platforms. Combining Xbox LIVE experiences together with mobile devices has enabled many new opportunities and interesting user scenarios such as location based gaming and social networking, avatar with presence, etc. As a software development engineer on the team, you will have the opportunity to help define and design the experiences for the project, you will get to work with a team of energetic and talented developers, and you will have the luxury to work with all sorts of mobile devices to create the official Xbox LIVE mobile experiences.”
Just last month, Microsoft also released an iOS version of their Kinectimals companion game. Earlier this month, Microsoft Studios gaming division also signed a contract with a casual game developer best known for his developed games for iOS and Facebook.
As Microsoft broadens its mobile gaming experience, we can expect a huge change in the coming months. To whoever lands this job, we’ll be waiting.