During the last day of this year’s E3, Amazon has quietly fired an unknown number of developers from their game division.
Amazon Game Studios, the studio behind online games Crucible and New World, gave the affected employees 60 days to find new positions within Amazon before receiving severance packages.
Amazon didn’t say exactly how many employees were affected. Besides the layoffs, a number of unannounced games were also cancelled.
In a statement given to Kotaku, they said:
“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,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “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.”
Originally founded in 2012, Amazon Game Studios isn’t doing too well. It’s meant to fill in the hole between small development teams and large AAA studios. To help, they recruited Clint Hocking and Kim Swift, both important people in the industry, but they left before any game was even shipped. In the past 5 years they haven’t managed to really make an impact in any significant way.