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Microsoft to close Xbox Entertainment Studios; Quantum Break, Halo TV not affected

Microsoft confirmed today that it will be closing down Xbox Entertainment Studios and a total of 18,000 jobs company-wide within the next few months.

“Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like ‘NFL on Xbox,’ and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates,” Xbox head Phil Spencer asserted.

Microsoft has also confirmed that Quantum Break and Halo: Nightfall TV projects would not be affected by this action.

“Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin and some of the XES team will stay on and remain committed to original programming already in production like the upcoming documentary series ‘Signal to Noise’ whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari and of course, the upcoming game franchise series ‘Halo: Nightfall,’ and the ‘Halo’ Television Series which will continue as planned with 343 Industries,” a prepared statement reads.

“Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like ‘NFL on Xbox,’ and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates. Additionally, our app partnerships with world-class content providers bringing entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers around the world are not impacted by this organizational change in any way and remain an important component of our Xbox strategy.”



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