Report: Microsoft's cuts include the EMEA Xbox team

#1TBONE_OGPosted 7/18/2014 9:50:04 AM
http://www.polygon.com/2014/7/18/5915167/microsofts-cuts-include-the-emea-xbox-team

The massive job cuts Microsoft announced yesterday include the Europe, Middle Eastern and Asian territory Xbox team, according to a report from MCV.

Yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would cut up to 18,000 jobs 12,500 in its Nokia division as part of the company's restructuring plan. MCV's sources state that as much as 75 percent of the full-time positions available on the Xbox EMEA would be axed, with current employees having to reapply for the remaining open roles.

Additionally, MCV reports that the Xbox U.K. team has been reduced by 10 percent and all contract roles have been cut. A representative for Xbox told MCV that the redundancies will not affect the launch of the Xbox One in other European countries and Japan this fall.

"We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the U.K. to gain efficiencies," said the Microsoft spokesperson. "We remain very committed to the market and will continue to support our local development teams. We believe that the U.K. 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."

Nadella noted in his announcement yesterday that the job cuts are designed to "simplify the way we work to drive greater accountability" and make the company more agile. The restructure will also create new jobs and eliminate some managerial hierarchy to promote more teamwork within the company.

Shortly after the layoffs notice, Microsoft revealed it would be shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a branch of the company opened in early 2013 that would focus on producing original programming for the Xbox brand.


Sad to hear more jobs are loss, but MS is still focused on Rare, Lionhead, etc. That's good news.
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#2SoulTrapperPosted 7/18/2014 9:55:28 AM
Bad news keeps rolling in.

Sad to see all these people lose their job due to some bad decisions made by upper management.
#3TBONE_OG(Topic Creator)Posted 7/18/2014 9:58:47 AM
You're on my ignore list post # 2. I'm sure what you had to say was amazing though. My loss...

Thanks for the bump.
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#4PlayaMadeTxn05Posted 7/18/2014 10:03:14 AM
Interested to see what Rare and Lionhead have in store in the future. I would love to see Fable to return to its former glory.
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#5youngunner2123Posted 7/18/2014 10:08:39 AM
SoulTrapper posted...
Bad news keeps rolling in.

Sad to see all these people lose their job due to some bad decisions made by upper management.

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#6TBONE_OG(Topic Creator)Posted 7/18/2014 10:12:23 AM(edited)
PlayaMadeTxn05 posted...
Interested to see what Rare and Lionhead have in store in the future. I would love to see Fable to return to its former glory.


Me too. I have a feeling Rare is going back to old franchises. Banjo and Conker.

Lionhead's Fable Legends looks cool, but we need to see more. I hope once that game is out, we hear something about Fable 4.
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#7FinzFan4lifePosted 7/18/2014 10:15:35 AM
SoulTrapper posted...
Bad news keeps rolling in.

Sad to see all these people lose their job due to some bad decisions made by upper management.


obviously you never took BASIC economics
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#8SoulTrapperPosted 7/18/2014 10:18:00 AM
FinzFan4life posted...
SoulTrapper posted...
Bad news keeps rolling in.

Sad to see all these people lose their job due to some bad decisions made by upper management.


obviously you never took BASIC economics


You don't really need any economics lessons to know that the bad decisions made by management for the xbox one are the cause of this.
Some common sense will do.
#9FinzFan4lifePosted 7/18/2014 10:40:38 AM
SoulTrapper posted...
FinzFan4life posted...
SoulTrapper posted...
Bad news keeps rolling in.

Sad to see all these people lose their job due to some bad decisions made by upper management.


obviously you never took BASIC economics


You don't really need any economics lessons to know that the bad decisions made by management for the xbox one are the cause of this.
Some common sense will do.


it has nothing to do with the xbox one, if it did the majority of layoffs would of been from xbox division, but it wasn't, when a company gets bought out there will be jobs that are exactly the same or very similar and when one person already has tenure with the the company buying they are going to stay, this was foreseen. The buy out was for patents and what ever Nokia owned buildings factories etc. it sucks for them I feel for them, the only time a buy out doesn't normally end in layoffs is construction industry and even then it's rare.
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#10billsfanno1Posted 7/18/2014 10:43:36 AM
SoulTrapper posted...
FinzFan4life posted...
SoulTrapper posted...
Bad news keeps rolling in.

Sad to see all these people lose their job due to some bad decisions made by upper management.


obviously you never took BASIC economics


You don't really need any economics lessons to know that the bad decisions made by management for the xbox one are the cause of this.
Some common sense will do.


X1 could be the most successful console in the history of gaming and it wouldn't matter. Redundancies are redundancies. You are more concerned with maintaining troll status and attacking MS than you are about anyone effected. Amazing that you'd publicly display your subjugation to such causes.