Xbox Entertainment Studios Closing Down

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Xbox Entertainment Studios, the Microsoft subsidiary responsible for creating original film and television content for Xbox Live, is shutting down.

The move is part of Microsoft’s plan to lay off more than 18,000 employees over the next year, and restructure the company in order to focus more strongly on mobile and app development. This doesn’t mean Microsoft has any plans to get rid of the Xbox division as a whole. Despite rumours, the company’s new CEO Satya Nadella says Xbox is still a very important part of their future.

Xbox division head Phil Spencer says all of the programming that Xbox Entertainment Studios already has in development is still on the way, including their Atari documentary Signal to Noise, and the Ridley Scott series Halo: Nightfall.

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