Microsoft shutting down Xbox Entertainment Studios.

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#1 Edited by misterpmedia (3387 posts) -

Ooop

Microsoft will shut down the Xbox Entertainment Studios, ending an ambitious foray into original video programming.

The Santa Monica studio, with its estimated 200 employees, will be shuttered as Microsoft focuses on strengthening its core videogame business. The move is part of Microsoft’s company-wide restructuring announced on Thursday morning, which will see the elimination of up to 18,000 jobs in the next 12 months.

Chief Executive Satya Nadella signaled the change in a lengthy memo to Microsoft staff that expressed support for the Xbox and its importance to the company — but omitted any reference to original television programming.

“The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago. “We are fortunate to have Xbox in our family to go after this opportunity with unique and bold innovation. Microsoft will continue to vigorously innovate and delight gamers with Xbox.”

Absent was any mention of Xbox Entertainment Studios, a division it created when it hired longtime CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem in September 2012. Her mandate at the time was to make entertainment content that could only be found on the Xbox Live online platform.

Xbox Entertainment Studios fit with Microsoft’s plan to dominate the living room through its game console. But the unit has struggled to deliver on its promise.

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Notably, this shut-down was not mentioned in Nadella's memo

http://recode.net/2014/07/17/microso...nment-studios/

#2 Posted by blue_hazy_basic (27761 posts) -

Wasn't it the TV stuff for xbox?

"Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model."

Seems to sum up the old xbox division pretty well

#3 Posted by cainetao11 (17550 posts) -

Already a thread regarding the Halo production which has not been confirmed by MS nor trade publications, Variety, Show business, or Back stage to no longer be in Production.

#4 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (4880 posts) -

Na na naaaaaaa naaaaa

Na na naaaaaaa naaaa

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

@misterpmedia said:

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Sounds like their game development studios too. "Quick! Just make another Halo!"

#5 Posted by blue_hazy_basic (27761 posts) -

@GrenadeLauncher: Never let me see a complaint from you about a thread regarding Sony's financial's struggles in the future :P

#6 Posted by misterpmedia (3387 posts) -

@blue_hazy_basic said:

Wasn't it the TV stuff for xbox?

"Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model."

Seems to sum up the old xbox division pretty well

I believe so, such like the things exclusive to Netflix and Amazon and so on.

#7 Posted by ReadingRainbow4 (14084 posts) -

Holy shit!

#8 Edited by -Damien- (5352 posts) -

I guess MS trimming down their Xbox workforce,

not good news for xbox camp

#9 Edited by I_can_haz (6551 posts) -

Damn the terrible news just keeps coming in for lems. I thought MS was too rich to downsize studios and it was only bankrupt Sony that was capable of letting people go. I seem to remember lems mentioning the imminent shutdown of Sony a few months ago when a handful of employees left ND.

Ouch, NPD is today as well. it's really gonna be a rough day for lems if that pre-NPD damage control statement they made yesterday is anything to go by.

#10 Edited by Gue1 (9982 posts) -

shit is getting real. The xbox brand will disappear before you even know it.

#11 Posted by Zero5000X (8198 posts) -

So, people complained when they started putting a focus on entertainment, and now that they are winding that down and focusing more on games people are acting like its a bad thing?

#12 Edited by ReadingRainbow4 (14084 posts) -

Scary time to be employed at Microsoft right now.

#13 Posted by Desmonic (14056 posts) -

Well, no more "TV TV TV TVT" at least hehe :P

#14 Edited by blue_hazy_basic (27761 posts) -

@misterpmedia said:

@blue_hazy_basic said:

Wasn't it the TV stuff for xbox?

"Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model."

Seems to sum up the old xbox division pretty well

I believe so, such like the things exclusive to Netflix and Amazon and so on.

Honestly then its not a bad decision. The original XB1 concept was a mess with no focus. The problem for MS going forward is that the console will always underpowered vs the PS4 no matter how many games you shovel out. It wouldn't shock me if the XB1 had a rather short life-expectancy. (ie closer to 5 than 10 years)

#15 Edited by chikenfriedrice (10415 posts) -

Lol looks like the PS4 is the place for TV now

#16 Edited by lglz1337 (3761 posts) -

and here we go

#17 Edited by LadyBlue (3928 posts) -

@GrenadeLauncher said:

Na na naaaaaaa naaaaa

Na na naaaaaaa naaaa

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

@misterpmedia said:

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Sounds like their game development studios too. "Quick! Just make another Halo!"

You're gloating over people losing their jobs.

#18 Posted by StormyJoe (5378 posts) -

@misterpmedia: If true, looks like i was wrong.

Oh, well... it happens.

#19 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (4880 posts) -

@blue_hazy_basic: Mate, it's all banter, innit?

#20 Posted by blackace (20743 posts) -

@misterpmedia: Wow, you actually posted GOOD NEWS about Xbox One. I'm shocked. This is actually the BEST NEWS I've ever seen you post about XB1. Thank you for this information. Looks like Microsoft will use the extra money they save on making more exclusive XB1 games and new IP's.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago.

http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/cheering_minions.gif

#21 Posted by misterpmedia (3387 posts) -

@chikenfriedrice said:

Lol looks like the PS4 is the place for TV now

Well it's already got the games part sorted, since launch. Might as well move onto other secondary ventures such as TV. :)

#22 Posted by blue_hazy_basic (27761 posts) -

@GrenadeLauncher said:

@blue_hazy_basic: Mate, it's all banter, innit?

It is. But doing celebration dances over job losses/studio closings is a bit tactless ...

#23 Edited by blue_hazy_basic (27761 posts) -

@blackace said:

@misterpmedia: Wow, you actually posted GOOD NEWS about Xbox One. I'm shocked. This is actually the BEST NEWS I've ever seen you post about XB1. Thank you for this information. Looks like Microsoft will use the extra money they save on making more exclusive XB1 games and new IP's.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago.

LOL there's a few hopeful leaps you've taken there ... :P

#24 Posted by chikenfriedrice (10415 posts) -

@misterpmedia said:

@chikenfriedrice said:

Lol looks like the PS4 is the place for TV now

Well it's already got the games part sorted, since launch. Might as well move onto other secondary ventures such as TV. :)

Weird because MS seems to have a better game lineup....in 2014 at least

#25 Posted by misterpmedia (3387 posts) -

@StormyJoe said:

@misterpmedia: If true, looks like i was wrong.

Oh, well... it happens.

I told you in the other topic that the 18,000 number is not solely Nokia. it's predicted at least 12,500 are though.

#26 Posted by blackace (20743 posts) -
@-Damien- said:

I guess MS trimming down their Xbox workforce,

not good news for xbox camp

This is actually GREAT NEWS. They aren't focusing on TV Show anymore, they are focusing on games. Did you even read the whole article? I'm sure we'll still get the Halo series though. That's already in production. The place for TV Shows (Marvel's Powers) is the PS4 it seems. Not sure how Sony can even afford doing that crap.

#27 Edited by lamprey263 (23905 posts) -

so here we have a studio:

  • two years old
  • wasn't making games
  • is a disorganized mess
  • couldn't collaborate
  • wasn't setting future plans and goals for itself

what are MS and gamers losing again?

looks like they were supposed to be more a TV/movie kind of media studio to make content for Xbox Live and they couldn't even deliver on that end

#28 Posted by lglz1337 (3761 posts) -

we still have x1000 employees left

we got nokia covered

MS xbox entertainment studios covered

but there is more....

#29 Posted by Chutebox (37218 posts) -

Title says xbox division, but they state it's not xbox division? /confused.

#30 Posted by -Damien- (5352 posts) -

Another 180 for Xbone.....how many now, I lost count

#31 Posted by misterpmedia (3387 posts) -

@blackace said:

@misterpmedia: Wow, you actually posted GOOD NEWS about Xbox One. I'm shocked. This is actually the BEST NEWS I've ever seen you post about XB1. Thank you for this information. Looks like Microsoft will use the extra money they save on making more exclusive XB1 games and new IP's.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago.

Shame for those early adopters who were definitely down for some original programming to complement their TV box/console. Gotta sting. This console definitely had no clear direction lol.
Also:
>mobile-first..
hmm..

#32 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (4880 posts) -

@blackace said:
@-Damien- said:

I guess MS trimming down their Xbox workforce,

not good news for xbox camp

This is actually GREAT NEWS. They aren't focusing on TV Show anymore, they are focusing on games. Did you even read the whole article? I'm sure we'll still get the Halo series though. That's already in production. The place for TV Shows (Marvel's Powers) is the PS4 it seems. Not sure how Sony can even afford doing that crap.

What's stopping them focusing on both equally? They got loadsamoney.

Oh yeah, I remember, they messed up the reveal and everyone got a bad first impression as a consequence. Now this has to be sacrificed at the altar of Satya Nadella.

#33 Posted by misterpmedia (3387 posts) -

@blue_hazy_basic said:

@blackace said:

@misterpmedia: Wow, you actually posted GOOD NEWS about Xbox One. I'm shocked. This is actually the BEST NEWS I've ever seen you post about XB1. Thank you for this information. Looks like Microsoft will use the extra money they save on making more exclusive XB1 games and new IP's.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago.

LOL there's a few hopeful leaps you've taken there ... :P

It's blackace lol, C'mon.

#34 Edited by Shewgenja (9261 posts) -

TV... Anyone?

#35 Edited by Bishop1310 (1092 posts) -

@GrenadeLauncher said:

Na na naaaaaaa naaaaa

Na na naaaaaaa naaaa

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

@misterpmedia said:

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Sounds like their game development studios too. "Quick! Just make another Halo!"

It's awesome when a video game company closes it's doors and takes competition off the market eh?

all of us who like the playstation brand better be prepared to pay out our ass for the next console if the xbox brand does die.

you ignorant fucks.

If you like gaming on your current fan boy choice, whichever that may be, then you better support the whole industry or you'll be paying $800 bucks for your next fan boy piece of plastic. Moron

#36 Posted by AmazonAngry (945 posts) -

Wow I can't believe we really are seeing the end of Microsoft :-\

#37 Edited by I_can_haz (6551 posts) -

@Bishop1310 said:

@GrenadeLauncher said:

Na na naaaaaaa naaaaa

Na na naaaaaaa naaaa

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

@misterpmedia said:

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Sounds like their game development studios too. "Quick! Just make another Halo!"

It's awesome when a video game company closes it's doors and takes competition off the market eh?

all of us who like the playstation brand better be prepared to pay out our ass for the next console if the xbox brand does die.

you dumb arrogant fucks.

If you like gaming on your current fan boy choice, whichever that may be, then you better support the whole industry or you'll be paying $800 bucks for your next fan boy piece of plastic. Moron

All this crappy talk about lack of competition bringing out the worst in Sony and we have the one time were Sony barely had any competition (the PS2 era) they killed it with games. I fail to see your crappy logic. If Sony starts charging $800 for a console then I believe some other company like Google, Apple or Samsung will come in to occupy the vacuum. There's no reason to support a mediocre console like the Xbone so that "teh industry" will stay alive. Good competition should stay alive and weak competition deserves to die.

#38 Edited by GrenadeLauncher (4880 posts) -

@Bishop1310 said:

@GrenadeLauncher said:

Na na naaaaaaa naaaaa

Na na naaaaaaa naaaa

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

@misterpmedia said:

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Sounds like their game development studios too. "Quick! Just make another Halo!"

It's awesome when a video game company closes it's doors and takes competition off the market eh?

all of us who like the playstation brand better be prepared to pay out our ass for the next console if the xbox brand does die.

you ignorant fucks.

If you like gaming on your current fan boy choice, whichever that may be, then you better support the whole industry or you'll be paying $800 bucks for your next fan boy piece of plastic. Moron

It's the TV studios, kid. Show some perspective.

#39 Edited by kuu2 (7329 posts) -

So Sony Fan complains when TV is talked about and complains when TV is not focused on...........

#40 Posted by Chutebox (37218 posts) -

@kuu2 said:

So Sony complains when TV is talked about and complains when TV is not focused on...........

Who's complaining? This is awesome for everyone!

#41 Edited by edwardecl (2239 posts) -

Kinect... dead
TV... dead
Cloud... ?

#42 Posted by Animal-Mother (26948 posts) -

Lol.... So much for TV being a crux for teh "ADDED VALUEZ"

#43 Edited by Shewgenja (9261 posts) -

@edwardecl said:

Kinect... dead

TV... dead

Cloud... ?

You're gonna empty the water cooler!

#44 Posted by PapaTrop (1185 posts) -

Ah well. It was just tv programming. I can't even think of an original Xbox show anyways, so they probably didn't make anything good.

#45 Edited by blackace (20743 posts) -

@blue_hazy_basic said:

@blackace said:

@misterpmedia: Wow, you actually posted GOOD NEWS about Xbox One. I'm shocked. This is actually the BEST NEWS I've ever seen you post about XB1. Thank you for this information. Looks like Microsoft will use the extra money they save on making more exclusive XB1 games and new IP's.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago.

LOL there's a few hopeful leaps you've taken there ... :P

I see things positively, unlike some people on here. Why waste money on something people aren't interested in. Sure it's sad that a few more people has to lose their jobs no doubt. In the end this will be best for business. Where I work there are layoff every year, so I'm used to seeing it.

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@edwardecl said:

Kinect... dead

TV... dead

Cloud... ?

Kinect isn't dead and neither is Cloud. Yeah, a good portion of TV is dead on XB1 now, but not on the PS4. So you have that to look forward to.

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@Gue1 said:

shit is getting real. The xbox brand will disappear before you even know it.

@amazonangry said:

Wow I can't believe we really are seeing the end of Microsoft :-\

More clueless Cows who didn't read the whole article. XBox isn't going anywhere anytime soon. If anything more games will be made and new studios will be acquired because of this move. Cry more.

#46 Edited by handssss (1836 posts) -

@Bishop1310 said:

@GrenadeLauncher said:

Na na naaaaaaa naaaaa

Na na naaaaaaa naaaa

Hey hey hey

Goodbye

@misterpmedia said:

Sources paint a picture of a disorganized studio that struggled to close deals and lacked a fully fleshed-out business model.

Sounds like their game development studios too. "Quick! Just make another Halo!"

It's awesome when a video game company closes it's doors and takes competition off the market eh?

all of us who like the playstation brand better be prepared to pay out our ass for the next console if the xbox brand does die.

you ignorant fucks.

If you like gaming on your current fan boy choice, whichever that may be, then you better support the whole industry or you'll be paying $800 bucks for your next fan boy piece of plastic. Moron

slow your roll, buddy. the gaming division isn't closing down, just some TV crap nobody really cared about.

#47 Posted by StormyJoe (5378 posts) -

Further reading:

Microsoft has contacted us to confirm that Halo: Nightfall will continue production. You'll find the official statement below. "... Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin and some of the XES team will stay on and remain committed to original programming already in production like the upcoming documentary series 'Signal to Noise' whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari and of course, the upcoming game franchise series 'Halo: Nightfall,' and the 'Halo' Television Series which will continue as planned with 343 Industries. Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like 'NFL on Xbox,' and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates. Additionally, our app partnerships with world-class content providers bringing entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers around the world are not impacted by this organizational change in any way and remain an important component of our Xbox strategy. "

#48 Posted by GrenadeLauncher (4880 posts) -

@StormyJoe said:

Further reading:

Microsoft has contacted us to confirm that Halo: Nightfall will continue production. You'll find the official statement below. "... Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin and some of the XES team will stay on and remain committed to original programming already in production like the upcoming documentary series 'Signal to Noise' whose first installment takes on the rise and fall of gaming icon Atari and of course, the upcoming game franchise series 'Halo: Nightfall,' and the 'Halo' Television Series which will continue as planned with 343 Industries. Xbox will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like 'NFL on Xbox,' and we will continue to enhance our entertainment offering on console by innovating the TV experience through the monthly console updates. Additionally, our app partnerships with world-class content providers bringing entertainment, sports and TV content to Xbox customers around the world are not impacted by this organizational change in any way and remain an important component of our Xbox strategy. "

Of course it will. It's Halo.

#49 Posted by DerekLoffin (8776 posts) -

Overall probably a good thing, but does go to show just how messed up the entire Xbox division was. Hopefully they are getting this all straightened out.

#50 Edited by blackace (20743 posts) -
@misterpmedia said:
@blackace said:

@misterpmedia: Wow, you actually posted GOOD NEWS about Xbox One. I'm shocked. This is actually the BEST NEWS I've ever seen you post about XB1. Thank you for this information. Looks like Microsoft will use the extra money they save on making more exclusive XB1 games and new IP's.

The single biggest digital life category, measured in both time and money spent, in a mobile-first world is gaming,” Nadella wrote a week ago.

Shame for those early adopters who were definitely down for some original programming to complement their TV box/console. Gotta sting. This console definitely had no clear direction lol.

Also: >mobile-first.. hmm..

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There wasn't any early adopters looking for TV programs. Gamers spoke loud and clear about that. You were one of them against TV. lol!! Now you're talking about early adopters who wanted it. LMAO!! Stupid troll who tried to post more bad news about XBox One, but failed miserably yet again. Gaming first. LOL!! Even more exclusive games in 2015 & 2016. Can't be disappointed about that.