Microsoft has cut the teams responsible for releasing Xbox games on physical media
Microsoft closed the divisions that were involved in the release of Xbox games on physical media. This was reported by the editor of Windows Central, Jez Corden.
“Microsoft has closed the divisions involved in the release of Xbox games on physical media for retail sale”, – wrote he’s at X. He added that cutting those teams doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft is abandoning this sales format entirely, but it “gives an idea of where the company is going.”
Also, according to Corden, Microsoft releases almost the entire customer support team of Activision Blizzard and is outsourcing this service.
Earlier it became known that Microsoft will lay off 1,900 employees of Activision Blizzard and Xbox. Against the background of these events, Blizzard president Mike Ybarra and Blizzard chief designer and co-founder Allen Adam decided to leave the company. The cuts will affect approximately 8% of Microsoft Gaming’s workforce, which employs about 22,000 people.
According to Windows Central, amid the layoffs, Microsoft also canceled Blizzard’s in-development survival game, which was announced in 2022. It was the studio’s first completely new project since Overwatch, released in 2016. Microsoft’s president of game content and studios, Matt Booty, said that the company is “relocating some of the developers who worked on the project to future Blizzard projects.”