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Xbox Hit by Layoffs on Anniversary of Activision Blizzard Announcement

Amid news of 10,000 mass layoffs at Microsoft, many employees at Xbox Game Studios The Coalition, 343 Industries, and Bethesda know their jobs have been affected.

According to a report in bloomberg When Kotakua number of developers at three Xbox studios were informed today that their positions have been removed. Further headcount reductions are expected in

Specifically, The Coalition (who is responsible for the Gears franchise and upcoming new IP), 343 Industries (who are working on continued support for Halo Infinite), and Bethesda (who are working on the upcoming Starfield) have been laid off. Did. It’s not yet clear how the layoffs affected these projects, or how many people at each studio were affected.

in a blog post Alongside the layoffs, CEO Satya Nadella noted that the layoffs accounted for less than 5% of Microsoft’s vast workforce, arguing they were a result of slowing digital consumer spending and the ongoing economic downturn. . Microsoft had already laid off “hundreds” of people last October, and the wave was believed to affect the company’s gaming division as well.

The news comes a year after Microsoft first announced a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69 billion. If the deal goes through, Activision Blizzard will bring nearly 10,000 of his new employees to Microsoft.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. you can find her on her twitter @duck valentine.

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