Microsoft Closes Victoria BC Studio – Moving Work to Vancouver

Posted by at 10:03 am on December 6, 2013

For most of us in the Pacific Northwest, Victoria, British Columbia is known for it’s gardens, causeway, old English charm include high tea. Well for Microsoft until today, it was also home to two year old video game studio.  The Victoria, BC studio was part of a $1 billion investment in Xbox One which multiple studios across the globe were opened.

The Microsoft move is affecting at least 30 positions. Microsoft told British Columbia’s Times Colonist the decision was made to “centralize development” in its Vancouver studios.

“This was not an easy decision, but one guided by our desire to centralize development in our Vancouver studios. 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.” Microsoft’s Vancouver studio, Black Tusk, is currently working on the next “big” Microsoft game.

In a statement to Polygon, Microsoft said the studio’s closure would not cause the cancellation of any projects the studio was working on, whatever they may be. “We did not cancel any projects rather we centralized our development efforts in BC to our Vancouver offices.”

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