"We eliminated a number of EMEA roles in the UK to gain efficiencies," a Microsoft spokesperson told MCV today."We remain very committed to the market and will continue to support our local development teams. We believe that the UK has exceptional games industry talent and we'll continue to focus on game creation ... through Microsoft Studios like Rare, Lionhead Studios, Lift London and Soho Productions. Also, Europe continues to be an important market for Xbox, and we're excited to launch Xbox One to fans in 13 mainland European markets in September."
MCV's source also claimed 10 percent of the UK Xbox team are to be laid off, and all contractor roles are being cut. We've reached out to Microsoft to see if other Xbox teams, including those in North America, are affected.
The news tallies with Bloomberg's initial report on this week's cuts, in which sources claimed some of the layoffs would affect marketing departments in businesses such as the global Xbox team.