Following the announcement that Microsoft will be laying off 18,000 employees and closing the Xbox Entertainment Studio, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be making huge job cuts in its Xbox EMEA team.
Microsoft will be laying off as many as 75 percent of its full time employees at its Xbox EMEA business in Reading, according to sources who spoke with MCVUK. Employees will have to reapply for the other 25 percent of jobs. The UK Xbox team will also see 10 of its employees, as well as all of the contractor roles laid off.
"We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "We remain very committed to the market and will continue to support our local development teams."
"We believe that the UK has exceptional games industry talent and we’ll continue to focus on game creation in the through Microsoft Studios like Rare, Lionhead Studios, Lift London and Soho Productions," continued the spokesperson. "Also, Europe continues to be an important market for Xbox, and we’re excited to launch Xbox One to fans in 13 mainland European markets in September."
The layoffs are part of a restructuring plan by new CEO Satya Nadella.