Microsoft closes Victoria game studios

Microsoft shuttering Victoria operations

Less than two years after opening a game design studio in downtown Victoria, Microsoft has closed its doors, leaving at least 30 people out of work.

In a brief statement released to the Times Colonist, the company said it was part of a plan to consolidate its resources.

“This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios,” the company said. “We are working closely with all employees affected by this change to identify open positions in other studios, and we remain committed to doing business in British Columbia.”

The studio was said to be working on “the most immersive, arresting, and interactive games the world has ever seen.”