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Phil Spencer admits Xbox layoffs had been “painful selections”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has reached out to Xbox employees throughout the corporate, acknowledging that it has been “a troublesome week” and that whereas “this week’s actions had been painful selections”, it “set [Xbox] up for the long-term success of our merchandise and enterprise”.

The e-mail – which was shared by Kotaku – follows Microsoft’s huge spherical of 10,000 layoffs that impacted a number of Xbox studios, together with Halo studio, 343 Industries.

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“This has been a troublesome week throughout Microsoft, and right here, inside our groups. Now that lots of the 1:1 and crew conversations have occurred, I need to take a second to reiterate the message that you simply heard out of your leaders,” Spencer’s e-mail started.

“It is a difficult second in our enterprise, and this week’s actions had been painful selections. The Gaming Management Workforce (GLT) needed to make choices that we felt set us up for the long-term success of our merchandise and enterprise, however the person outcomes of these choices are actual. I do know that hurts. Thanks for supporting our colleagues as they course of these adjustments.

“Over the approaching weeks we could have many alternatives to attach and reply your questions, together with the Month-to-month Gaming Replace subsequent week for groups who attend that assembly, and I’m in shut contact with groups at ZeniMax to supply assist,” Spencer addes “The GLT and I are dedicated to being as clear as we are able to. Transferring ahead with ambiguity is difficult, however I’m assured that collectively, we’ll get by this troublesome second in time.

“Xbox has an extended historical past of success because of the work you do in service of gamers, creators, and one another,” the message concludes. “Your work is so deeply appreciated and valued in these instances of change and is integral to our enterprise momentum. I’m assured in our future and proud to be a part of this crew, but additionally acutely aware that this can be a difficult time and I need to thanks for every part you do right here.”

Microsoft beforehand reduce “a whole bunch” of positions in October final yr, together with some crew members working within the firm’s Xbox division. The redundancies come forward of Microsoft’s subsequent monetary outcomes briefing, due on twenty fourth January.



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