Microsoft is busy wrapping up its major round of layoffs at the company. The tech giant announced last week that it would let go of around 10,000 people in an attempt to cut 4.5% of its workforce. Sadly, the layoffs cover various departments including Halo developer, 343 Industries, Bethesda Game Studios and even Xbox’s internal division.
On Friday, Xbox head Phil Spencer sent out a company-wide email where he told employees that the staff cuts were completely necessary and would set up the company for long-term success.
The email claims that Phil Spencer has had many 1:1 meetings and conversations with staff and the long-term success at the company meant letting go of hard-working employees.
“This has been a difficult week across Microsoft, and here, inside our teams. Now that many of the 1:1 and team conversations have happened, I want to take a moment to reiterate the message that you heard from your leaders. This is a challenging moment in our business, and this week’s actions were painful choices. The Gaming Leadership Team had to make decisions that we felt set us up for the long-term success of our products and business, but the individual results of those decisions are real. I know that hurts. Thank you for supporting our colleagues as they process these changes.”
Phil continued to state that the coming weeks will be quite exciting ones for Xbox as the company hosts Monthly Gaming Updates and meetings surrounding future releases. He also thanked all the workers at Microsoft for their support.
“Over the coming weeks we will have many opportunities to connect and answer your questions, including the Monthly Gaming Update next week for teams who attend that meeting, and I am in close contact with teams at ZeniMax to provide support. The GLT and I are committed to being as transparent as we can. Moving forward with ambiguity is challenging, but I am confident that together, we will get through this difficult moment in time. Xbox has a long history of success thanks to the work you do in service of players, creators, and each other. Your work is so deeply appreciated and valued in these times of change and is integral to our business momentum. I am confident in our future and proud to be part of this team, but also conscious that this is a challenging time and I want to thank you for everything you do here.”