As you all know, there are about 5000 Microsoft employees losing their job as part of the reorganization and restructuring announced by CEO Satya Nadella. We recently reported that the Operating System’s group was hit hard by this layoffs as they are changing the functional structure itself by reducing testers. We already know that Xbox Entertainment Studios is going to closed as part of this layoffs. Apart from this, MCV reported that as many as 75% of full time Xbox EMEA roles were being cut and the Xbox UK team has also been reduced by 10%. Microsoft is also completely reducing the contract workers. Microsoft provided the following statement and reassured that Xbox One launch won’t be affected by these changes. “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 ...

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Microsoft’s Lionhead Studios are laying off up to 10% of their work force after Fable: The Journey, completed its development. In a statement to IGN Microsoft said: “Following the completion of Fable: The Journey the Lionhead studio is in the process of beginning work on its next projects. As is common in the games industry, a reduced headcount is needed as projects kick-off and ramp up as development gets underway. At this time a very small number of positions have been identified as at risk of redundancy and the affected employees were notified today. We are working very closely with those people during this difficult time, to help them explore alternative opportunities within Microsoft including new roles at Microsoft Studios which is actively hiring.” While Microsoft blames the lay-offs on the cyclical nature of jobs in the game development market, it is of note that Peter Molyneux left the studio ...

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