Wed. Dec 6th, 2023

Microsoft was hit this week by a wave of layoffs that hit several Xbox studios. Phil Spencer, head of the games division, finally spoke about it with a message addressed to the developers. In an email, the manager accepts that it is a difficult time for both Microsoft and Xbox at the business level. So some equally difficult decisions had to be made. Spencer emphasized that layoffs are painful for everyone, so she will continue to work with full transparency to get through the situation.
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Spencer regrets layoffs at Microsoft and Xbox

“It’s been a tough week at Microsoft and here within our teams. Now that many of the 1:1 and team conversations have occurred, I want to take a moment to reiterate the message that you heard from your leaders. This is a challenging time in our business, and this week’s actions were painful choices,” Spencer says at the beginning of his message. The Xbox manager knows that workers feel uncertainty and have many doubts about what will happen in the future. For which he assured that there will soon be opportunities to discuss it and promised that they will be as “transparent as possible.” Likewise, he took the opportunity to thank the developers for all their effort and work. “Moving forward with ambiguity is challenging, but I am confident that together we will get through this difficult time. Xbox has a long history of success thanks to the work it does in service to gamers, creators and each other. Your work is greatly appreciated and valued in these times of change and is an integral part of driving our business forward. I am confident in our future and I am proud to be a part of this team, but I am also aware that this is a challenging time and I want to thank you for everything you do here,” added Spencer. Recently, the players criticized the manager for the layoffs and, mainly, for the management of studios on Xbox. Fans asked him to do something urgent with teams like 343 Industries, one of the hardest hit by layoffs and bad leadership.
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