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Xbox Entertainment Studios Falls Victim of Microsoft Shake-up

A lot is happening at Microsoft as of late. Yesterday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that they’ll be making the biggest job-cut ever in the history of the company, laying off around 18,000 employees by March 2015, with that Nadella revealed that the company was putting an end to their Android-powered Nokia X smartphones, and now this, Xbox Entertainment Studios has now been shuttered only a month or so after it came into action.

When the Xbox One was announced in May there was a heavy focus on media with one new addition along side the console being Microsoft’s attempt at competing with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The company announced that they had a lot in store for us in terms of original shows and movies which will be exclusive to Xbox, with their first release being Every Street United, which focused on street football ahead of the World Cup.

Sadly it’s come to an abrupt end after its June debut with Microsoft shuttering the Xbox Entertainment Studios, cutting positions as part of the 18,000 strong lay-offs. But what does that mean for the future of the highly anticipated Halo series which Steven Spielberg is executive producing? What about the documentary about the Atari E.T. dig?

Thankfully, according to the memo from Xbox’s Phil Spencer, these are still going to happen, but there’s no future of Xbox Originals and the Xbox Entertainment Studios. “I am pleased that Nancy, Jordan and members of the XES team remain committed to new, original programming already in production like the upcoming documentary series ‘Signal to Noise’ whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari and of course, the upcoming game franchise series ‘Halo: Nightfall,’ and the ‘Halo’ Television series which will continue as planned with 343 Industries,” Spencer wrote.

Microsoft still has an intense focus on Xbox and according to previous reports the layoffs won’t affect those associated with the console. Microsoft are however shifting focus on cloud productivity, apps, and mobile, areas that Xbox doesn’t currently serve.

“Change is never easy, but I believe the changes announced today help us better align with our long-term goals. We have an incredible opportunity ahead of us to define what the next generation of gaming looks like for the growing Xbox community.” concluded Spencer.

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