Microsoft closes Xbox television studio
posted on 07.17.14 at 02:01 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Company wants to "vigorously innovate and delight gamers."

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Microsoft is closing down its Xbox Entertainment Studios as part of a company-wide restructure, Recode reports.

The company eliminated 18,000 jobs, with 200 coming from the Xbox Entertainment division. The group planned a number of original Xbox-exclusive TV programs, including a Halo series executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The Halo series is expected to continue, according to Recode, but the fate of projects like Deadlands and Humans is uncertain.

With its Entertainment Studios shut down, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox.”

Thanks, The Verge.

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  • InsaneChronos

    I just lol’d for some reason.

  • Taedirk

    Someone please show this to Sony before their superhero show launches.

    • Budgiecat

      what superhero show?

      • Skerj

        The one people yawned at during E3.

        • Budgiecat

          I musta missed it

          • Skerj

            You were yawning!!

      • Waifu Body Pillow

        Powers. Partnership with Marvel.

        You know, the one which presentation took a couple minutes from Sony’s E3 presser making people who watch the show go “Man, when are the games. This is too long, enough already.”

        • Solomon_Kano

          While the comic is published by Marvel (via Icon), they aren’t involved in developing the show.

    • Elle

      Why? I was actually interested in the tv programs from both of them. Tv/cable is becoming a bit bland and outdated thanks to netflix and hulu.

  • MrFinalgamer

    So…will Quantum Breaks TV show be affected by this? Still, kind of sad to see this getting shut down, with no work done at all. Couldn’t they at least wait until the studio did something, and then decide, whether to close it or not?

  • kiri25

    Wow this is sad especially considering someone in the “Xbox sales double for the month june” comments said “MS layoffs coming soon” just a few hrs ago.

  • Quetzalcoatl9999

    Spencer cleaning the shit left by Don Mattrick and friends.

  • Budgiecat


    • Mnoz

      Mostly Nokia employees.

    • Zefhar

      Mostly Nokia devices team due to a Windows mobile restructuring.

      • Budgiecat

        a 30K a year salary (guessing average)….that’s $540 million dollars!

    • AdamBoy64

      12,500 of those were staff from Nokia prior to Microsoft’s takeover.

      Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier – 18,000 people losing their job is horrific.

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  • bf313

    Sad to hear that so many people are losing their jobs but this is a good move by Microsoft. Trim the fat and focus on the games, the Xbox division seems to be headed in the right direction now.

    • CosmicNova

      Yeah, because when MS cut people from their jobs it’s a good thing. However, when Sony does it, it’s a sign that they are going bankrupted. LMAO

      • bf313

        Not sure why you’re trying to make this into some fanboy bullshit. I’m not trying to say that the job cuts are good i’m saying that Microsoft moving away from the non gaming side of the Xbox business is a good idea. Sony has their own problems that are completely unrelated to this. I’m not picking sides, I want to see both companies do well in the long run.

        • CosmicNova

          I never was implying that you where picking sides. Heck, my comment wasn’t directed at you but to those who would give MS the thumbs up for letting people off and give Sony the thumbs down for doing the same.

          • Six

            That’s because Sony closing Studio Liverpool and Zipper weren’t a cause for a thumbs up.

            Xbox getting rid of the bullshit that’s distracting them from games is.

            • CosmicNova

              Studio Liverpool was formed into Studio Firesprite.

              Zipper Interactive really wasn’t doing all to well in the gaming department for Sony.

              How much did Mag sale? How much was the SOCOM games saling?

              In my opinion, Sony closing down Zipper was a wise decisions.

              • Six

                Firesprite isn’t a first-party studio, and it doesn’t change the fact that Sony shut down the devs behind a widely beloved franchise.

                MAG sold 500k within a month of release, and the SOCOM games had sizable dedicated followings.

                SOCOM 4 got fucked because it came out just a few days before the PSN security breach.

                • CosmicNova

                  Still comes down to was the studios making Sony money or was they bleeding Sony dry?

                  I’m sure Sony wouldn’t have closed them down if the studios were bringing home the beacon.

      • Dede Ogbe

        Where in his comment did he even imply that? Chill out fanboy.

        • CosmicNova

          He never did imply what I was talking about, I was just talking to talk. Also, I am no damn fanboy kid. just because I want to talk about what is going on, on the other side of the fence doesn’t make me a fanboy.

      • Six

        Not quite sure what Sony has to do with anything.

        • CosmicNova

          What does Nindendo, Sony Powers. Partnership with Marvel, have to do with anything here. People are just randomly just trying to talk just to talk about things.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Wonder what this means for Quantum Break’s content beyond whatever launches with the game…

  • pixxxelz

    Nintendoo… Wait

  • Invisbin

    I wonder how necessary this was. Xbox original programs was actually a good idea…

    • Skerj

      I was actually looking forward to some of the stuff they announced. Humans is actually going to be ok though.

      • BossTuff

        Agreed, I actually didn’t mind it a whole lot. I wonder if they would follow the Netflix model with it though and release the whole season at once. Binge watching is best watching.

    • Keegs79

      Glad there others that think the same. I am all for the changes they had made that gamers wanted but I don’t think this was a necessary one that needed to happen. Granted, gamers want them to focus on games but I think the original content would have been fine and would have likely made those watch the shows. I think the problem (at least for me) was them branding it as an entertainment system and leaving little mention on games. The idea of it being a set top box is not attractive. Its not even while owning a cable box.

    • nekolife

      Why? Splintering the video marketplace into a bunch of walled gardens with fees to ener ($400 fee in this case!) is nothing but bad for consumers.

  • James Reilly

    Phil Spencer taking Xbox to the right direction.

  • Elvick

    Something’s going on at Son… Microsoft.

    • 武神水樹

      The new CEO

  • Lara Croft

    That’s a lot of people without jobs. Hope they land of their feet. Like or hate MS. You gotta love Phil Spencer.

  • Six

    Sad for those who’ve lost their jobs, but I’m glad that Microsoft seems to at least some modicum of a clue as to what they need to do with Xbox.

  • shogunknight

    A step in the right direction, but with a sacrifice. Hopefully those 200 workers get a better offer where their talents will be helpful in the nearest future

  • sakanaとkoeda

    It’s amusing to watch overzealous ambition take a massive U-turn back down to Earth. But it’s not funny to watch others getting dragged down as a result.

    I hope they exercise more prudence in the future: wrecked dreams can hurt like hell.

  • McPoo

    I was interested in a couple of the shows but it’s no great loss. I doubt they were far into the production process, if at all.

    Not got much interest in the Halo show though.

  • Zero

    I suddenly remember the TV, TV, TV meme stuff on the internet after the initial reveal. Kinda amazing how far we have come since then. I’m pretty surprised they decided to close it down. I suppose they felt it was a bad investment, or they really are trying to go back to the Xbox brand being 100% about video games.

    I’m surprised…but…

    I think the the brand itself is in good hands with Spencer.

  • Vayne

    The reason for that dismissal, Don Mattrick still receives salary from Microsoft.

  • Mikail

    good decision but not wise in action, they should transfer the worker to fulfill other job at Microsoft gaming studio.

  • Gojira Twit

    NO. You’re NOT making me feel bad about this. Don’t you DARE.

  • Kurisu Makise

    Instead of closing it, they should have sold it to Netflix or Crackle. I imagine either group would have loved to pick up the talent they fostered, resulting in no jobs lost, plus money back in the pocket. From there, so long as they secured the production of the Halo TV series, all would be well. This method, while a necessary sacrifice, leaves 200 people worse off, so I can’t celebrate too much. I hope Spencer brings good things to Gamescom and TGS, especially TGS. I’ve committed to getting an Xbox One as it is, so I’m looking to be wined/dinned into my purchase.