Microsoft lays off and joins growing list of tech companies cutting back in the United States in the face of “economic headwinds”, report it washington post. The American Giant “confirmed Monday evening [17 octobre] job cuts,” without specifying their scope or the services concerned, “invoking business priorities”.
Axios was the first to announce that “less than 1,000” positions were abolished. “This is yet another example of a big tech company shedding jobs after slowing or freezing hiring due to the slowing economy,” explains the American specialized site, as Snap had done in particular at the end of August. The social network had announced the separation of 20% of its workforce, or some 1,200 employees.
Falling profits for video game giants
At Microsoft, the wave of layoffs also affects “the Xbox branch of video game simulations”, affirms the washington post. the “gaming industry veteran” Greg Chapman “confirmed the layoffs of its Studio Alpha team”. This “serious game” division of the American giant was to develop solutions to “data problems for military and commercial use using Microsoft Azure cloud computing service, artificial intelligence and simulations”, continues the American daily.
Already, this summer, Microsoft had carried out a first degreasing, by laying off “less than 1% of its 180,000 employees”. The fact that Microsoft is attacking the video game is more surprising, while it is in the process of acquiring the Activision Blizzard studio for 70 billion dollars.
It is, basically, the good health of the video game that worries. Industry titans like “Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony all reported lower earnings” this summer. Google has announced the closure of Stadia, its cloud gaming platform “by January 2023”, while Meta unplugs Facebook Gaming, “just two years after its launch”.
Joost van Dreunen, who teaches the video game industry at New York University, explains to the capital daily:
“The layoffs at Xbox are surprising given Microsoft’s push for gaming, but they echo current economic dynamics.”