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Microsoft Studios Hit With Layoffs: Spencer in Action or Simple Restructuring?

Recently, Microsoft announced that Phil Spencer will be taking control of Xbox Gaming division. Since the takeover, there have been some reports that suggest that the company has been hit with layoffs.

Two of the employees of Microsoft has announced publicly that they were laid off from the company.

One of the ex-employee that was laid off named Patrick Loughman announced his departure from the company on his official Twitter account. (Tweet has now been deleted)

I got laid off from Microsoft Studios today… I… I’m free? I’M FREEEEEEE!

— Patrick Loughman (@el_PatrickL) April 2, 2014

Another ex-member of Microsoft, a technical producer Elber Perez also revealed that he was laid off from the company as well:

A spokesperson of Microsoft issued a following statement to IGN:

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.

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

What do you think of these layoffs at Microsoft? Do you think it has something to do with Phil Spencer taking charge? Share your theories with us in the comments below!