Phil Spencer tells Xbox workers layoffs had been ‘painful’

Microsoft’s head of gaming, Phil Spencer, has addressed this week’s spherical of job cuts on the firm, telling employees they had been “painful decisions”.

On Wednesday, Microsoft confirmed plans to put off roughly 4.5% of the US know-how large’s 220,000-person workforce (round 10,000 individuals).

Finally, this was confirmed to have affected the corporate’s gaming divisions, particularly Halo developer 343 Industries, Bethesda Recreation Studios and advertising and marketing.

On Friday Phil Spencer despatched out a company-wide e-mail, obtained and printed by Kotaku, through which he informed workers the cuts would set it up for long-term success.

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“This has been a troublesome week throughout Microsoft, and right here, inside our groups,” he wrote. “Now that most of the 1:1 and crew conversations have occurred, I need to take a second to reiterate the message that you just heard out of your leaders.

“This can be a difficult second in our enterprise, and this week’s actions had been painful decisions. The Gaming Management Staff needed to make selections that we felt set us up for the long-term success of our merchandise and enterprise, however the person outcomes of these selections are actual. I do know that hurts. Thanks for supporting our colleagues as they course of these modifications.”

The e-mail continued: “Over the approaching weeks we can have many alternatives to attach and reply your questions, together with the Month-to-month Gaming Replace subsequent week for groups who attend that assembly, and I’m in shut contact with groups at ZeniMax to supply help.

“The GLT and I are dedicated to being as clear as we will. Shifting ahead with ambiguity is difficult, however I’m assured that collectively, we’ll get by way of this troublesome second in time.

“Xbox has an extended historical past of success because of the work you do in service of gamers, creators, and one another. Your work is so deeply appreciated and valued in these occasions of change and is integral to our enterprise momentum.

“I’m assured in our future and proud to be a part of this crew, but in addition aware that this can be a difficult time and I need to thanks for all the pieces you do right here.”

On Wednesday Microsoft claimed the cuts had been being made “in response to macroeconomic situations and altering buyer priorities”.

In response to a Enterprise Insider report printed the identical day, the corporate was intentionally focusing on who it believed to be “underperforming workers” in at the very least some components of the corporate.