Amazon laid off 180 employees in its gaming business
In April of this year, Amazon announced the layoff of over 100 employees from its gaming division, and it has recently been reported that the company is making another reduction, cutting approximately 180 staff members.
According to Bloomberg and other media sources, this latest round of layoffs in Amazon’s gaming division reflects the company’s desire to refocus its internal resources on business ventures with more growth potential. When announcing layoffs in April, Amazon had already indicated a shift towards a development strategy focused on key projects. Games that were not profitable in the short term or lacked significant profit opportunities were slated for discontinuation.
Following the announcement in January to cut around 18,000 jobs and another subsequent reduction of about 9,000 employees, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy expressed a commitment to streamlining Amazon’s business operations. The company plans to focus more resources on critical customer experiences, emphasizing continued investments in AWS cloud services, online offerings, and necessary new business developments.
This latest move to streamline the gaming division might lead to a reevaluation and adjustment of its gaming development strategy. However, it remains unclear whether existing game studios and current development projects will be affected by these changes.