Layoffs at Xbox confirmed, necessary to “realign plans and refocus”

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Following a quick-fire round of reports and tweets from affected employees layoffs at Xbox have been confirmed by Microsoft as development priorities are re-evaltuated and the organisation “continues to grow.”


In a statement to the press, a Microsoft representative wrote:

“At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of our commitment to this goal, we are always evaluating our development priorities, and there are times when decisions need to be made to realign plans and refocus our efforts.

“Microsoft Studios continues to grow as an overall organization as we focus and invest in key priority areas that will drive future profitable growth.”

The news was initially revealed as employees began tweeting that they had been informed that they had been laid off, with artist at Microsoft Studios, Patrick Loughman, writing:

He later clarified his tweet:

It’s currently unclear how many employees are affected by this round of redundancies.

The announcement arrives days after previous Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer was named ‘Head of Xbox,’ with leadership responsibilities over Microsoft’s gaming business as well as Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios.

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