On the back of yesterday’s announcement by new CEO Satya Nadella that Microsoft would be facing 18,000 redundancies to its 127,000 employee workforce, many parts of the company are already feeling the cuts. Outside of existing projects, Xbox Entertainment Studios and the Xbox Originals scheme has been shut down, and MCV are now reporting that swingeing cuts have been made to the Xbox EMEA team.
While Microsoft did not respond to the reported figures, with a source claiming that as many as 3/4 jobs were being cut and staff having to reapply for the remaining positions, while all contractor roles have been cut, a Microsoft spokesperson did acknowledge that job losses were in progress.
Speaking to MCV, they responded, “We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies.
“We remain very committed to the market and will continue to support our local development teams. We believe that the UK has exceptional games industry talent and we’ll continue to focus on game creation in the through Microsoft Studios like Rare, Lionhead Studios, Lift London and Soho Productions. Also, Europe continues to be an important market for Xbox, and we’re excited to launch Xbox One to fans in 13 mainland European markets in September.”
While the scope of the company-wide job losses is quite startling, one blessing is that these seem to be occuring in a brief timespan, so that employees at Microsoft do not have the looming threat of planned redundancies hanging over them.
Naturally, we wish those affected by these cuts the best of luck in finding new employment.