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Microsoft Studios layoffs confirmed

Unspecified number of developers let go following Phil Spencer's promotion to head of Xbox

Microsoft has confirmed that it has made a round of layoffs in the Xbox division.

While the company hasn't specified the number of employees cut, or the first party studios affected by the layoffs, former Microsoft Studios artist Patrick Loughman and technical producer Elbert Perez announced on Twitter (via Neowin) that they'd been let go. The former was based at Microsoft Studios' Redmond headquarters, according to his social networking profile.

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Microsoft Studios is a global development network that counts US-based 343 Industries and Turn 10, UK-based Lionhead and Rare, and Canada-based Black Tusk among its numbers.

A Microsoft spokesperson told CVG: "At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive entertainment experiences. As part of our commitment to this goal, we are always evaluating our development priorities, and there are times when decisions need to be made to realign plans and refocus our efforts."

They added: "Microsoft Studios continues to grow as an overall organization as we focus and invest in key priority areas that will drive future profitable growth."

In late March Phil Spencer, the executive who has managed Microsoft Studios since 2008, was promoted to head of Xbox. His new role combines the Xbox and Xbox Live development teams with the Microsoft Studios team.

"I will now be leading the Xbox, Xbox Live, and creative teams including Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios as we deliver the next generation of games and entertainment," Spencer said. Combining these teams will strengthen the connection between some of the world's most innovative creators and those building the Xbox itself."

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