Phil Spencer, boss of Xbox, sent an email last Friday to Microsoft employees related to the 10,000 layoffs that the company has suffered and that has affected development studios such as 343 Industries, in charge of the saga. Halo, and Bethesda Game Studios, in addition to the marketing team. In general, Spencer commented that this has been a “tough week” across Microsoft and that the actions to fire workers have been “painful”.
Gaming’s management team had to make decisions that we believe set us up for the long-term success of our products and our business.
“This has been a difficult week across Microsoft, and here within our teams. Now that many of the 1:1 and team conversations have happened, I want to take a moment to reiterate the message you heard from your bosses,” he wrote. Spencer in her mail.
“This is a challenging time in our business, and this week’s actions were painful decisions. The management team of Gaming had to make decisions that, in our opinion, set us up for the long-term success of our products and our 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,” she added to his earlier comments. Spencer commented that she’s in close contact with ZeniMax teams to provide support to employees who have been affected by this drastic downsizing.
Spencer appreciates the support of the community
“The GLT and I pledge to be as transparent as we can. Moving forward with ambiguity is a challenge, but I am confident that together we will get through this difficult time. Xbox has a long history of success through the work you do in service to gamers, creators, and one another. Your work is highly appreciated and valued in these times of change and is an integral part of our business drive“.
I am aware that these are difficult times and I want to thank you for everything you do here.
“I am confident in our future and I am proud to be part of this team, but I am also aware that these are difficult times and I want to thank you for everything you do here,” he concludes.