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Two years on, Microsoft Studios Victoria shuts down
Two years on, Microsoft Studios Victoria shuts down
December 6, 2013 | By Mike Rose

December 6, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Nearly two years after Microsoft originally opened a game development studio in Victoria, Canada, the company has now shut the studio down, with around 30 jobs lost according to reports.

Microsoft Studios Victoria was opened at the beginning of 2012 and headed up by Christopher Robertson, although Microsoft did not say at the time what the new studio was working on, nor has it since then.

The company reasoned that Victoria was partway between Vancouver and Seattle, making it the perfect distance from Microsoft's headquarters. However, nearly two years on the company has now told Times Colonist that it is looking to consolidate its resources.

"This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios," it said in a statement. "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."

Although Microsoft would not say exactly how many jobs were affected, or how many will be moved over to the Black Tusk studio in Vancouver, the report suggests that at least 30 staffers will be out of work.


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John Woznack
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Wait a sec...

< gets Google Maps out >

Apparently it takes ~2h 57m to go from Vancouver to Victoria, but you can drive from Vancouver to Seattle in ~2h 27m. I wonder who the genius was that thought Victoria was "partway between Vancouver and Seattle"?

Okay, so perhaps someone at Microsoft finally got out the maps and discovered it took an extra 30 minutes to get to Victoria. So their solution is to "centralize development" in Vancouver? Wouldn't it be better to "centralize development" back in Seattle instead? You know...cut out the long road trips altogether? (I know, that's just crazy talk!)

Max Loy
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It's about an hour from downtown Victoria to downtown Seattle or Vancouver by seaplane. I don't know of any way from Vancouver to Seattle that is that convenient, time-wise.

John Woznack
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By seaplane? How much does that cost per trip I wonder?

At any rate, why don't they "centralize development" back into Seattle? Then no one has to drive, or rent seaplanes, or ride on the backs of mythical creatures...

Max Loy
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It's not cheap enough to do a daily commute (unless maybe you are a Microsoft CEO, I guess), but it is much cheaper than taking a car onto the ferry for either Vancouver or Seattle, I'll say that much.


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