Microsoft closing sports video-game studio in Redmond

Microsoft closing sports video-game studio in Redmond
- REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft is closing its sports video-game studio in Redmond and laying off 76 employees.

The cut is the division's largest single layoff since Microsoft launched Xbox in 2001, although the company has cut hundreds of games jobs over the past year.

A Microsoft spokeswoman says the company no longer has to make as many Xbox games, because third-party developers are filling the pipeline with an abundance of games.

Microsoft's game-development group started out making games for PCs.

The division grew from 350 employees to a peak of 1,200 after the Xbox was launched. The group was down to 1,000 before the layoffs.

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