Microsoft's Xbox EMEA team, which stands for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, has suffered a staff cut estimated at 75 percent. This comes just after Microsoft made the decision to let go of 18,000 employees, or 9.6 percent, of their total workforce, after acquiring the phone company Nokia.
A spokesperson for Microsoft claimed that the massive job cut of EMEA was made "to gain efficiencies," but did not go into further details. According to the business and financial news site Bloomberg, the loss of employees will have an affect on Microsoft's marketing departments that goes beyond the global Xbox team.
Sadly, this does not appear to be the end of job cuts for Microsoft. According to The Market For Computer & Video Games, there are plans to lay off 10% of the entire UK Xbox team.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the sudden lay-offs.