Jason Schreier, Bloomberg journalist (Jason Schreier), reported in the material and on the Kotaku portal that Microsoft’s previously announced mass layoffs will also impact its gaming division.
Recall, the official reference only allows for 10 000 employees to leave the company (or about 5%).
According to Bloomberg sources and Kotaku, Microsoft’s internal game studios were also affected by the cuts: Bethesda Game Studios is now developing Starfield, 343 Industries (Halo Infinite), 343 industries (The Coalition (Gears series), and 343 Industries (Halo Infinite).
Pierre Hintze, Head of 343 Industries, stated in an email to employees that the company was “really happy with its performance.” “Made a difficult decision” on the restructuring and elimination of some roles.
Joseph Staten, creative director and veteran of the Halo franchise, joined 343 Industries in 2020 as a fixer for Halo Infinite. He will now be returning to the Xbox publishing arm.
It is notable that Microsoft disclosed the plan for mass layoffs only one year after Activision Blizzard’s acquisition for $68.7 Billion. The US Federal Trade Commission was opposed to the record deal.