Phil Spencer admits layoffs from Xbox were “painful choices”.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has reached out to Xbox staff across the company, acknowledging that it has been “a tough week” and that while “this week’s actions were painful choices”, it [Xbox] for the long-term success of our products and our company”.

The email – which was shared by Kotaku – follows Microsoft’s massive round of 10,000 layoffs that hit several Xbox studios, including Halo Studio, 343 Industries.

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“This has been a tough week at Microsoft, and here, within our teams. Now that many of the 1:1 and team conversations have taken place, I want to take a moment to reiterate the message you’ve heard from your leaders,” Spencer’s email started.

“This is a challenging time in our business, and this week’s actions were painful choices. The Gaming Leadership Team (GLT) had to make decisions that we felt suited us for the long-term success of our products and our business, but it individual the results of those decisions are real I know that hurts Thank you for supporting our colleagues as we process these changes.

“In the coming weeks we will have many opportunities to connect with each other and answer your questions, including the Monthly Gaming Update next week for teams attending that meeting, and I am in close contact with teams at ZeniMax to provide support Spencer adds. GLT and I do everything we can to be as transparent as possible. Moving forward with ambiguity is challenging, but I am confident that we will get through this difficult moment together.

“Xbox has a long history of success thanks to the work you do in the service of players, creators and each other,” the post concludes. “Your work is greatly valued and valued in these times of change and is an integral part of our business momentum. I am confident in our future and proud to be part of this team, but also aware that this is a challenging time and I want to thank you for all you do here.”

Microsoft cut “hundreds” of positions earlier in October last year, including some team members who worked in the company’s Xbox division. The layoffs come ahead of Microsoft’s next financial results briefing, scheduled for January 24.

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