Games For Windows Live general manager Chris Early is reportedly among the 1,400 staff laid off in Microsoft’s recently announced round of cut backs.
According to a report
from website VentureBeat, Early joins Microsoft Flight Simulator developer Aces Game Studios
as the earliest victims of a planned cull of 5,000 jobs at Microsoft
over the next 18 months.
As the PC equivalent of Xbox Live, Games for Windows Live has had a mixed response from its inception -- though the company dropped subscription plans
for multiplayer play in mid-2008.
Even though it now requires no fee, PC gamers have still been slow to embrace the closed-system service, preferring the more open-ended online interfaces traditional in PC games. Titles such as Shadowrun
, which allow both Xbox 360 and PC gamers to compete together in the same game, have also struggled to catch on.
In a separate story, VentureBeat also suggests that around 30 percent of Microsoft’s video game testers
will also be made redundant. The report also suggests a restructuring for the whole game group will occur this month.