Amazon hides game developers silently, shows signs of sluggish game development department
With the world's largest mail-order site, Amazon is also involved in other businesses, such as Amazon Web Services for cloud computing services and Amazon Advertising , which is engaged in advertising. Such ' Amazon Game Studios ' in charge of game development business at Amazon, dozens of employees have been fired at once, it is reported that Kotaku of the game media.
Amazon Lays Off Dozens Of Game Developers During E3
According to a story I heard from the employees of Kotaku who were actually fired, on June 13, 2019, the final day of the world's largest game exhibition 'E3 2019', Amazon Game Studios' staffing was carried out quietly It seems so. Employees who have been notified of the termination will be given 60 days to find a new job within Amazon, and will be treated as retired if they are not re-employed within the grace period. Kotaku also reported that unpublished game projects were also discontinued during development.
Amazon Game Studios was established in 2014 as its own game development and sales department. In 2016, Amazon is scheduled to release the title will be the United States-themed colonial era survival MMORPG 'New World', and the audience participation type multiplayer shooter game 'Cruicible' using the game live platform Twitch, MOBA 'Breakaway' set in ancient Rome was presented in the following movie.
Amazon Game Studios Unboxing: Crucible, New World and Breakaway-YouTube
However, Breakaway, which was scheduled to be released at the end of 2019, was discontinued on March 31, 2018. Also, Amazon Game Studios, such as Clint Hocking, who was director of ' Far Cry 2 ' and Kim Swift, who was the lead designer of ' Portal ', left the company without waiting for the game to finish, and so on. It looks like Studios did not necessarily perform well.
An Amazon spokeswoman told Kotaku that 'Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing a part of the team to give priority to the development of new world, crucible and new projects unannounced.' Admits that there has been a number of staff reductions, 'A series of staff reductions are the result of a regular business planning cycle, which aligns resources with long-term priorities. We work closely with all affected employees to help them find new positions within Amazon. '