Disney Eliminates Its Metaverse Division as Part of Company’s Layoffs Plan

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) began laying off thousands of employees to cut costs. Among those caught in the layoffs are employees from the division that were working on the company’s metaverse strategy. Furthermore, Disney fired the 50-person strong next-generation storytelling and consumer experiences unit. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the employees of Disney’s metaverse division were fired in the first round of layoffs. The layoffs are part of a broader restructuring plan, which seeks to reduce the company’s staff count by 7,000 over the next couple of months to cut operating costs. The company took the decision to sunset the metaverse division as it addressed many challenges. They are issues posed by economic headwinds and growing competition from rivals in the streaming space. The company could save more than $5 billion from the restructuring plan. News of the layoffs lead to a 1.5% increase in the company’s share price on 27 March.

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