Rare Hit with Layoffs Due to Poor Kinect Sports Rivals Sales

by William D'Angelo, posted on 20 May 2014 / 8,171 Views

Kinect Sports Rivals sales have fallen short of expectations according to a report on Eurogamer. Due to the poor performance developer Rare has been hit with layoffs. Reports say that around 16 employees have been laid off.

"At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences,” a Microsoft statement said. "As part of Rare's commitment to this goal, we have made a decision to change our development process and methodology at Rare to best support our future projects, this has led to us reviewing the skills and the makeup of our development teams in our business. Rare continues to invest in our people and future projects."

Last week Phil Spencer said that Microsoft and Rare were working together to see what project Rare will be working on next. It was also around this time that Micorosoft announced they will be releasing an Xbox One SKU without a Kinect. Rare has focused on Kinect titles the last few years and this change might shift what it will develop in the future.


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6 Comments

padib (on 20 May 2014)

What first hit Nintendo (ouch sales of casual titles) is now affecting Microsoft.


Skeetys (on 21 May 2014)

Doesn't really matter. Rare has been dead for many years. Microsoft fired pretty much everyone a long long time ago, and the rest quit. The original guys that started left before that. And with this layoff they finally got rid of the last guys that were involved at all with anything before MS bought them. Look up the interview with Chris Seavor. He explained years ago why MS was ruining Rare. Goodbye Sweet Prince, but you've been in a coma for years anyways. It's just the Microsoft effect. They don't understand gaming.


teamsilent13 (on 20 May 2014)

RIP kinect


Arcturus (on 21 May 2014)

I find it strange that the article doesn't reference the actual sales of Kinect Sports Rivals. It's currently sitting at 0.14M.


zedo0 (on 20 May 2014)

Lol sorry not to be mean but I always said Rare was nothing without Nintendo. So said, so done.


FujiokaMidori (on 20 May 2014)

You'd be wrong, because the problem here is the developers of the 90's Rare are GONE from the company, and Microsoft has them working on Kinect games. It's not because they are "without" Nintendo, it's because the company is an ENTIRELY different. That's insulting to the original Rare team.


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Zappykins (on 31 May 2014)

I wonder how it would have done if it was ready at launch? I would assume much better.