Microsoft officially confirm Xbox Entertainment Studios shut down

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Xbox’s interactive content division closes after only a year and a half in operation

Microsoft has officially closed down Xbox Entertainment Studios.

Initially set up in February last year the LA-based Xbox team had been tasked with the mission to "create true interactive content for Xbox and other devices that will change the way entertainment content is experienced and delivered".

In July 2014 however, Microsoft announced it would close Xbox Entertainment Studios as the company restructured, seeing the company lay off 18,000 employees.

Following recent reports of high profile layoffs at the studio, Microsoft issued a statement to Gamesindustry.biz: to say. "Yes, we can confirm that Xbox Entertainment Studios has closed as part of the companywide restructuring announced by Microsoft last July."

The Studio was fronted by Nancy Tellem who ran live event programming for Xbox Live and executive vice president Jordan Levin.

"Nancy and Jordan were key members and visionaries for the XES team, and we thank them for their leadership and many contributions," said Microsoft.

It’s been stated that the closure will not affect work on Remedy Entertainment's hybrid IP Quantum Break with the game and TV show still on track for next year.

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