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Microsoft Cuts Include Game Divisions Behind Halo, Starfield

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Microsoft Corp.'s announcement of mass layoffs extended to its video-game division, including the developers of hit titles such as Starfield and Halo.

The Xbox-maker said Wednesday it's cutting 10,000 jobs as it seeks to reduce costs amid a broader economic slowdown. Some people at Bethesda Game Studios, maker of the upcoming Starfield, as well as 343 Industries, the company behind 2021's Halo Infinite, were affected, according to people familiar with the matter.

Some of those who lost their jobs were veterans who had been with Xbox for more than a decade, said the people, who asked not to be named because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

The scale of the cuts in the gaming division wasn't completely clear. Microsoft said it still plans to hire people in strategic, competitive areas, such as artificial intelligence, but many other departments were losing staff, including its HoloLens goggles business and some engineering divisions, Bloomberg reported.

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