Microsoft Axes Games for Windows Live Head

Games for Windows Live general manager Chris Early was among the 1,400 Microsoft eliminated last week, reputable journalist Dean Takahashi reports via VentureBeat.

The effect that Early's departure will have on the service is not known. In addition to free online multiplayer, Games for Windows Live offers video and demo downloads, and will debut its first premium-priced downloadble content tomorrow via Fallout 3.

Early previously told Shacknews that the service would eventually sell full games.

In all, Microsoft plans to axe 5,000 positions across the next year and a half.