Xbox franchise gets caught up in Microsoft layoffs after all

by tech on July 17, 2014

Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told Microsoft troops how important Xbox is to the company’s overall strategy. This week the company said it plans to close Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of wide-ranging layoffs.

A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the news, first reported by Recode,  via email, writing:

“As Satya said last week, Xbox is important to Microsoft.  Games are the single biggest digital life category in a mobile-first world.  And Xbox is a strong consumer brand with an incredible fan base.  As part of the planned reduction to our overall workforce announced today and in light of the Xbox vision to focus more on games and gamers, we plan to streamline a handful of portfolio and engineering development efforts across Xbox. One such plan is that we will expect to close Xbox Entertainment Studios in the coming months.”

The statement added that some projects will continue with Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin and a subset of the XES team staying on. Those projects  include the Signal to Noise documentary series and “Halo: Nightfall” as well as the Halo TV series.


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