Isn’t it a prudent business practice to give a project enough time for it to settle down? Well, Microsoft seems to think otherwise. Victoria Studios was opened less than two years ago and now has been shuttered by the parent company Microsoft.
The news was confirmed by company representatives to Times Colonist yesterday.
“This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios,” reads the official statement. “We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia.”
There were speculations around it that the studio was being closed because it was closely tied with Don Mattrick the former President of the Interactive Entertainment Business of Microsoft. Instead, studio executive director Dan Gunn insisted that it’s tough to know the inner workings of a large corporate giant like Microsoft.
“When a head office is in another country and making large corporate decisions, often a smaller outpost can be a victim to a broader strategy,” suggested Dan Gunn.
The closing down of design focused Victoria Studio has rendered at least 30 people unemployed.