Amazon’s 9K Lay-Offs Will Affect Prime Gaming and Game Growth


Two weeks after Amazon announced it would be terminating 9,000 positions, we’ve learned that around 100 of those losses will be from the company’s video game division. This will affect Amazon’s San Diego gaming studio, Prime Gaming, and Game Growth group.

According to CNBC, Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann dropped the news on employees that they’d be getting the ax via a memo. The internal communication mentions that Amazon wants to offer “high-quality gaming content” but soon drops the hammer in regards to downsizing:

After evaluating our current projects against our long-term goals, the Games leadership team made the difficult decision to eliminate just over 100 roles across Prime Gaming, Game Growth and in our San Diego studio, while also reassigning some employees to other projects that match our strategic focus. Each employee whose role has been eliminated should now have a live meeting scheduled this morning so we can discuss these changes directly and give each employee an opportunity to ask questions. There is never a pleasant way to share this sort of news, but we are committed to treating our impacted employees with empathy and respect, and will support them by offering them severance pay, health insurance benefits, outplacement services, and paid time to conduct their job search.

Even though the three divisions at Amazon will be affected by the cuts, Hartmann also says the plan includes what sounds like additional hiring for another game studio:

Our studio in Montreal will continue to expand, and is making great progress on their unannounced project. And the San Diego studio will double down on the pre-production phase of their unannounced game, as that project is not yet ready for a full production size team.

What does this mean for Amazon’s announced Tomb Raider game? Let us know your thoughts below in the comments section.

[Source: CNBC]


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Mike Phalin
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Longtime problematic entertainment journalist. The former workhorse for Dread Central, ScienceFiction.com, and Fanbolt.

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