Report: Morale among Microsoft's Mixer team is at an all-time low
Let's hope Mixer recovers.
What you need to know
- Mixer is Microsoft's livestreaming platform to compete with Amazon's Twitch.
- According to a report by OnMSFT, employee morale is hitting a low.
- The service is reportedly run by a "skeleton" team, with few employees.
- With only one opinion, it's unclear if this report is completely accurate, but Mixer definitely has an uphill climb.
Today, a report from OnMSFT said that employee morale at Microsoft's livestreaming platform, Mixer, was hitting a significant low. Employees are concerned about the future of the service and there are layoffs taking place there.
There is also a video that shows a newly-appointed Mixer head Shilpa Yadla making a rather harsh-sounding pitch to employees, while discussing "positivity" in workplace culture. The clip is truncated and may seem harsher when removed from the context of the full meeting, but it doesn't exactly paint Mixer's leadership in a sympathetic light.
You can read an excerpt that illuminates the situation below.
Previously, we wrote about some of the troubles facing Mixer, and Microsoft provided us with this statement to address falling morale among the platform's streamers.
If it's indeed true that Mixer is faced with staffing issues and low morale, only one thing can realistically fix it: investment. Microsoft has reportedly spent millions on key streamers like Ninja, but it doesn't seem to have made a particularly large impact on the service thus far. If the reports about Mixer being built up of a small skeleton crew are right, without proper investment in its own staffing, we're not sure how Microsoft expects to catch up to Twitch and YouTube.
Indeed, Microsoft has a history of underfunding promising projects, ultimately leading to them being shut down. Is Mixer doomed to join them? Let us know what you think.
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