Amazon Game Studios lays off 'dozens' of developers

What you need to know

  • Amazon has been developing games for many years now.
  • The company even unveiled a "Lumberyard" game engine which wasn't widely adopted.
  • On Thursday the company laid off "dozens of game developers" says Kotaku.
  • Amazon says that the layoffs were part of a "reorganizing" effort.

E3 2019 was a blast and many developers showed off intriguing projects like 12 Minutes. However, it looks like some of them who worked for Amazon weren't so lucky. According to a report by Kotaku, the retailer giant laid off "dozens of game developers" on Thursday.

The affected game developers reached out to Kotaku. You can read an excerpt from the outlet's report below.

Amazon Game Studios, which is currently developing the online games Crucible and New World, told affected employees on Thursday morning that they would have sixty days to look for new positions within Amazon, according to one person who was laid off. At the end of that buffer period, if they fail to find employment, they will receive severance packages. Amazon also canceled some unannounced games.

Kotaku reached out to Amazon for comment and the company responded by saying that it was just "reorganizing" some of its teams. You can read the company's response below.

Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we're excited to reveal in the future. These moves are the result of regular business planning cycles where we align resources to match evolving, long-range priorities. We're working closely with all employees affected by these changes to assist them in finding new roles within Amazon. Amazon is deeply committed to games and continues to invest heavily in Amazon Game Studios, Twitch, Twitch Prime, Amazon Web Services, our retail businesses, and other areas within Amazon.

Hopefully, those affected will be able to find jobs inside Amazon. If not, we wish them the best of luck in future endeavors. Xbox Game Studios is hiring so maybe some of them will end up there.

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7 Comments
  • I guess these were Kindle/Android games? I haven't even heard of Amazon games.
  • I think they're PC and console games.
  • I'm glad Amazon are "excited" as they turf out employees onto the unemployment line.
  • Dude they gave the people 60 days to find new jobs. That's pretty much unheard of. Way to take something uselessly out of context.
  • Plus severance package and a dev at Amazon does have exactly a low income... And I don't know any dev that has Amazon and probably other relatively big names companies on their resume having a hard time finding a new job with usually a better salary if they can market their skills acquired during atheir time in a structure like Amazon... I'm not worried for them as much as if they were laying off people at their wherehouses preparing orders..
  • Amazon makes games??? Wow. Well, I guess not anymore.
  • Never heard of this division before