Microsoft lays off 1,900 Activision Blizzard and Xbox employees

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Microsoft lays off 1,900 Activision Blizzard and Xbox employees -Gudstory

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It’s been a little over three months since the Activision, Blizzard, and King teams joined Microsoft. As we move into 2024, the leadership of Microsoft Gaming and Activision Blizzard are committed to aligning a strategy and an execution plan with a sustainable cost structure that will support our entire growing business. Together, we have set priorities, identified areas of overlap and ensured we are all aligned on the best growth opportunities.

As part of this process, we have made the painful decision to reduce the size of our gaming workforce by approximately 1900 roles out of the 22,000 people on our team. The gaming leadership team and I are committed to moving this process forward as thoughtfully as possible. The people who are directly affected by these cuts have all played a vital role in the success of the Activision Blizzard, ZeniMax, and Xbox teams, and they should be proud of everything they’ve accomplished here. We are grateful for all the creativity, passion and dedication he has brought to our games, our players and our partners. We will provide our full support to those who are impacted during the transition, including severance benefits as dictated by local employment laws. Those whose roles will be affected will be informed, and we ask that you please treat your departing colleagues with the respect and compassion that is consistent with our values.

Looking ahead, we will continue to invest in areas that will grow our business and support our strategy of bringing more games to more players around the world. Although this is a difficult moment for our team, I am as confident as ever in your ability to create and develop games, stories, and worlds that bring players together.

Phil

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