Phil Spencer admits Xbox layoffs were "painful choices"

Phil Spencer admits Xbox layoffs were “painful choices”

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

The electronic mail – which was shared by Kotaku – follows Microsoft’s monumental spherical of 10,000 layoffs that impacted several Xbox studios, together with Halo studio, 343 Industries.

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“This has been a tough week throughout Microsoft, and right here, inside our groups. Now that most of the 1:1 and staff conversations have occurred, I wish to take a second to reiterate the message that you simply heard out of your leaders,” Spencer’s electronic mail started.

“This is a difficult second in our enterprise, and this week’s actions were painful selections. The Gaming Leadership Team (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. Thank you for supporting our colleagues as they course of these modifications.

“Over the approaching weeks we may have many alternatives to attach and reply your questions, together with the Monthly Gaming Update subsequent week for groups who attend that assembly, and I’m in shut contact with groups at ZeniMax to offer help,” Spencer addes “The GLT and I are dedicated to being as clear as we are able to. Moving ahead with ambiguity is difficult, however I’m assured that collectively, we’ll get by way of this tough second in time.

“Xbox has a protracted historical past of success due to 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 occasions of change and is integral to our enterprise momentum. I’m assured in our future and proud to be a part of this staff, but in addition acutely aware that it is a difficult time and I wish to thanks for every thing you do right here.”

Microsoft previously cut “hundreds” of positions in October final yr, together with some staff members working within the firm’s Xbox division. The redundancies come forward of Microsoft’s subsequent monetary outcomes briefing, due on twenty fourth January.