Microsoft had previously officially announced the upcoming mass layoffs. They also affected Xbox divisions, including ZeniMax and other studios. In this regard, the head of the gaming division of Microsoft Phil Spencer (Phil Spencer) sent an email to employees expressing his support. But not everyone liked it.
An unnamed Xbox employee gave Kotaku a copy of an email from Phil Spencer. In it, he addressed employees and said it was painful for management to make such difficult decisions. However, they will contribute to the success of future products and businesses in the long term. “I know it hurts. Thank you for supporting your colleagues in these changes.”he wrote.
Phil Spencer promised to answer questions from employees in the coming weeks. And he assured that the leadership will be as transparent as possible. “Xbox has a long history of success thanks to the work you do for players, developers and each other. Your work is highly valued in these times of change and is an integral part of our business. I am confident in our future and proud to be part of this team, but I also recognize that these are challenging times and I want to thank you for everything you are doing here.”he added.
A current Xbox employee contacted Kotaku and spoke about Spencer’s appointment. He doesn’t think it sounds sincere, but rather like a corporate formula-like response. And he doubts that meetings or other supportive measures will help someone feel better in such a situation.
On Jan. 18, Microsoft announced it was laying off 10,000 employees, including those from 343 Industries, The Coalition, ZeniMax Media, and Bethesda Game Studios. Some have lost their jobs despite giving decades to the company and becoming high-level professionals.