Microsoft set to slash 1,900 of staff at Activision Blizzard and Xbox

Microsoft was cutting around 1,900 jobs at Activision Blizzard and Xbox, the Reuters quoted a news website report on Thursday, citing an internal memo from the head of the company’s gaming division. 

The cuts represent around 8 per cent of the overall Microsoft Gaming division, with most of the layoffs set to happen at recently-acquired videogame publisher Activision Blizzard. 

The news follows job cuts at several other big companies, including Alphabet, eBay, and, which have signalled that the widespread pruning seen across the tech industry last year would continue in 2024. 

Microsoft had closed its $69-billion deal for Activision Blizzard last October, boosting its heft in the video-gaming market with best-selling titles, including Call of Duty, to better compete with industry leader Sony. 

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