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Amazon Game Studios lays off dozen of employees during E3
During the week of E3, the world’s biggest gaming conference, Amazon Game Studios has silently cut-off dozens of its employees saying that they are going to reorganizing some of their teams to allow the company to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects they will be revealing soon.
The tech giant has not given out any exact numbers of the employees that are going to be affected by the decision but it is being said that dozens are going to be affected. The affected employees are told by the company that they have been given 60 days to find new positions within Amazon and if they fail to do so in the given timeframe, they’ll have to leave the company. The company, in support of the laid-off employees, said that they are going to provide their full support to the cut-off employees and will also help them to find new positions within the company itself. And even after that if any employee, unfortunately, has to leave, he/she will be given a severance package in tow.
Amazon Games Studios was founded in 2012 and has seen a number of veteran developers join and depart the company in the years since. Those titles mentioned previously, New World and Crucible, were two of the three first projects announced by the company. The third, Breakaway, was canceled last year and Kotaku’s sources say some additional unannounced games were cancelled alongside layoffs.
While it looks like the studio is in troubles, we would like to tell our readers that it is not shutting down altogether. The company, pointing to the same, released an official statement that reads as follows:
“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, AWS, our retail businesses, and other areas within Amazon.”