MS Seeks To Contract/Hire 600 Devs, Rumor

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JinCA

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More is better but it's really not that big of a surprise, most AAA games have several hundred workers on them and often times a lot of stuff is outsourced. With MS just now starting to expand their first party studios and still basically buying smaller teams they'll need contract workers until the studios are fully staffed up and even then a lot of art outsourcing will be done as that's pretty standard.
 

Mcmasters

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More is better but it's really not that big of a surprise, most AAA games have several hundred workers on them and often times a lot of stuff is outsourced. With MS just now starting to expand their first party studios and still basically buying smaller teams they'll need contract workers until the studios are fully staffed up and even then a lot of art outsourcing will be done as that's pretty standard.
Jesus, Jinca! Is there ANYTHING Microsoft can do right in your eyes?! Not long ago you and others were harping on how badly Microsoft needed to up the ante with AAA SP games. They buy five new studios - not good enough. Their hiring 600 people to work on new games - "not really that big of a surprise".

It's a wonder you even own an X1, bruv. Sounds like its a struggle for you on the daily basis to even play it. JMHO
 

OneBadMutha

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If true, this is pretty insane. Adding that many people to the payroll is quite crazy for Microsoft for any initiative...nevermind one division...specifically the gaming division. Investors are all about Microsoft cutting staff and that’s been their goal with AI, automation etc. Can’t see any of their major investors being on board with this unless Nadella is selling them on the upside of gaming. For Microsoft to be making this kind of investment, they see the upside of Xbox dwarfing anything from their past including the 360’s high point.

The ongoing cost of additional employees is a far bigger concern to investors than the initial expense of buyouts. Microsoft is more all-in than I thought...and I thought they were going to be aggressive.
 

Hedon

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Jesus, Jinca! Is there ANYTHING Microsoft can do right in your eyes?! Not long ago you and others were harping on how badly Microsoft needed to up the ante with AAA SP games. They buy five new studios - not good enough. Their hiring 600 people to work on new games - "not really that big of a surprise".

It's a wonder you even own an X1, bruv. Sounds like its a struggle for you on the daily basis to even play it. JMHO
 

TDbank24

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They buy five new studios
They bought 5 new studios, 2 of which were already making exclusive games for Microsoft. Not really all that impressive. Then we hear the news that Ninja Theory is likely doing a GaaS game and it feels even less promising. Look, i'm about as optimistic as it gets when it comes to Xbox but the proof is in the pudding. We have to wait and see what happens. Right now, it's only appropriate to remain skeptical given their track record. I mean hell, how do we even know that they're not planning a Kinect revival with one of those studios?
 

karmakid

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They bought 5 new studios, 2 of which were already making exclusive games for Microsoft. Not really all that impressive. Then we hear the news that Ninja Theory is likely doing a GaaS game and it feels even less promising. Look, i'm about as optimistic as it gets when it comes to Xbox but the proof is in the pudding. We have to wait and see what happens. Right now, it's only appropriate to remain skeptical given their track record. I mean hell, how do we even know that they're not planning a Kinect revival with one of those studios?

Huh??? Azurik?? Flat Earth?
 

Mcmasters

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They bought 5 new studios, 2 of which were already making exclusive games for Microsoft. Not really all that impressive. Then we hear the news that Ninja Theory is likely doing a GaaS game and it feels even less promising. Look, i'm about as optimistic as it gets when it comes to Xbox but the proof is in the pudding. We have to wait and see what happens. Right now, it's only appropriate to remain skeptical given their track record. I mean hell, how do we even know that they're not planning a Kinect revival with one of those studios?
You sound like a broken tool... No offense but, I dont have any respect for your opinions TD, bruv. All that flippin' and s*** is a little too "zealous" for my blood. /

Good luck in the console wars tho, yo!