Head of Xbox LIVE Enforcement Has Quit

Stephen Toulouse, aka Stepto within the Xbox Community, is the Director of Xbox LIVE Policy and Enforcement at Microsoft. Prior to joining the Xbox team, Stepto was the head of communications for the Microsoft Security Response Center. Today he has publicly announced his intentions to quit quoting “I turn 40 this year…”

In writing a full explanation of his reasons to quit on his blog site, Toulouse states:

“Over the past year I’ve been doing quite of bit of thinking. Nothing specific, nothing groundbreaking. Just plain old thinking. I turn 40 this year. Despite the wonderful ability in Microsoft to change careers pretty dramatically inside the company, I’ve been there nearly 18 years and it’s the only world I’ve really ever known. I feel too strangely comfortable, and too strangely tied.

So over the past several weeks I’ve made the decision to resign and have been working with my management for an orderly transition. My last day will be February 15th…”

“For anyone wondering, I want to make sure I am clear: This is a positive thing. I have nothing but confidence in the future of Microsoft and specifically Xbox and Xbox LIVE. I have enormous gratitude for my time there. I want to finish my next book, and explore other opportunities.

So there it is. I have no idea what the future holds, for the first time in my life.

This ought to be interesting!”

Toulouse joined the Xbox Live Services group as Lead Program Manager for Enforcement in 2007 to help make sure the Xbox LIVE experience is both safe and enjoyable. He later went on to build a team of worldwide XBLPET Enforcers to implement the rules of the Xbox Live service by venturing out into Xbox LIVE and playing online games to tackle troublesome behaviour – this is in a way, a policing service. Toulouse was then promoted to Director for Policy and Enforcement for Xbox LIVE in September 2009.

No announcement has yet been made from Microsoft directly over his successor, but if you want to read Stepto’s full explanation head on over to his blog via the link below.


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