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Twitch hires 343's Matt McCloskey

Former Xbox exec joins streaming platform as VP of Commerce

PRESS RELEASE: A core value of Twitch is always asking the question "is this good for the broadcaster?" Now playing a key role in the process is gaming industry vet Matt McCloskey who is joining Twitch as the new VP of Commerce. Matt will be responsible for growing economic activity on the Twitch platform to help support content creators, specifically focused on the current Cheering with Bits, and streamer Subscriptions businesses. In addition, Matt will be using his extensive background with video game development and publishing to create new engagement opportunities for game developers on Twitch.  

"I was attracted to Twitch's unrelenting dedication to creators," said Matt McCloskey. "As a lifelong gamer surrounded by lifelong gamers, finding new ways to support our passion is a fantastic opportunity. Also, as Twitch continues to expand to other content categories, it will be a transformative experience to help all types of creators make a living doing what they love."

Matt comes to Twitch after twelve years at Microsoft's Xbox, most recently as the COO of 343 Industries, the studio responsible for the Halo franchise. At 343, Matt ran services engineering, finance, business operations and strategy teams and executive produced the live action online series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.  

Prior to Halo, Matt led several business strategy initiatives across Xbox and Xbox Live, many focused on the future of entertainment in the cloud. He started his career at Xbox managing the business development, finance and operations for the Xbox's third party publishing business, working with publishers and developers including EA, Activision, Square Enix and Take-Two. 

Matt has a law degree from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree from Seattle University. 

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