This week, during E3, Amazon laid off a number of employees from its game development studios. The company reportedly told affected employees that they only have 60 days to find new positions within Amazon. If they fail to do so within the allotted period, they’ll have to leave the company with a severance package in tow. And unfortunately, the studio has also cancelled some of the games it has yet to announce.
“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,” stated an Amazon spokesperson in the CNET interview.
While it sounds like the studio is in trouble, it’s not shutting its doors at all. Those waiting for New World and Crucible can calm down: Amazon told Kotaku that they’re still in plans to release. In fact, while the spokesperson didn’t say exactly how many employees need to find a new place, they confirmed the news and told the publication that the layoffs were part of a reorganization to prioritize the development of those two titles, as well as of new unannounced projects.
We hope that the people affected will be able to make a smooth transition despite the continued volatlity of the games industry. Unionisation remains good.