Phil Spencer called the decision to reduce the staff of Microsoft's gaming division "painful". The head of Xbox shared his experiences in an email sent to employees.
He believes that an unpopular step will benefit the common cause in the long run. Below is the text of the document received by journalists.
"It's been a difficult week for Microsoft, including you and me.
Now that all the necessary meetings, including personal and group meetings, have already taken place, I want to take a little of your time and repeat the words previously said by the management.
It was a difficult period for business, and the decisions made were very painful.
The management of the gaming division has chosen a course that in the long term will help the further success of our products and the company as a whole.
Nevertheless, I understand the impact such decisions can have on each of us personally. This is very unpleasant.
Thank you for continuing to support your colleagues during this transition period. In the next few weeks, we will still have opportunities to establish communication and answer all your questions.
This will also be possible within the framework of the meeting to be held next week. I also actively communicate with the teams at ZeniMax who provide their support.
Senior management, including me, is going to remain as transparent as possible.
It is extremely difficult to move forward without sufficient clarity, so I believe that together we will cope with everything.
The Xbox brand has experienced many successes thanks to the work you do for the benefit of the players and each other. Your work is incredibly much appreciated, especially now.
Without it, there simply cannot be any further development. I am confident in our future and proud to work with you.
At the same time, I do not allow myself to forget how difficult today is, so I also want to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for everything you do for us," Phil Spencer's letter says.
Recall that mass layoffs at Microsoft became known last week. By the end of March, approximately 10 thousand people will leave the company.
In the gaming division, the cuts will primarily affect the teams of 343 Industries, Bethesda Game Studios and The Coalition.
Earlier, the head of Xbox Phil Spencer received a prestigious award and made an appeal to players and developers.