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Microsoft Cuts 1,900 Jobs in Its Video Recreation Division

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Microsoft mentioned Thursday that it will eradicate 1,900 roles in its online game division, together with at Activision Blizzard, which it acquired for $69 billion three months in the past.

The job cuts shall be made on the online game large Activision, the maker of hit video games like Name of Obligation and Guitar Hero, in addition to Xbox, in response to a workers memo from Phil Spencer, the pinnacle of Microsoft Gaming, that was obtained by The New York Occasions.

The cuts quantity to a discount of almost 9 p.c of Microsoft’s 22,000-person online game group.

“Wanting forward, we’ll proceed to put money into areas that may develop our enterprise and help our technique of bringing extra video games to extra gamers all over the world,” Mr. Spencer mentioned within the memo.

Microsoft, which is neck-and-neck with Apple because the world’s largest public firm, accomplished its acquisition of Activision Blizzard in October after a yr of regulatory hurdles.

The pinnacle of Activision Blizzard, Mike Ybarra, additionally announced on the social media platform X that Thursday can be his final day on the firm.

“Having already spent 20+ years at Microsoft and with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard behind us, it’s time for me to (as soon as once more) change into Blizzard’s largest fan from the surface,” Mr. Ybarra wrote.

Microsoft didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.