Microsoft Closes Victoria Studio in British Columbia
Written Friday, December 06, 2013 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Having been open for less than two years, Microsoft has shut down its games studio in Victoria, British Columbia, leaving more than 30 people without jobs in an effort to "centralise development" in its Vancouver Studios.
"This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralise development in our Vancouver Studios," a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement to IGN. "We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia."
Projects in development at the Microsoft Studio in Victoria will be unaffected by the closure. "We want to thank the Victoria community for all of their support," the Microsoft rep added.
“I think we all hoped they would continue to expand," Microsoft told the Times Colonist. "(Microsoft's former President of Interactive Entertainment) Don Mattrick was obviously a massive champion for that office and seeing him go caused us to take notice, but it’s tough to know the inner workings of a large corporate giant like Microsoft. When a head office is in another country and making large corporate decisions, often a smaller outpost can be a victim to a broader strategy.”
[Via Digital Spy | Thanks, extremedaniel1996]