Twitch to layoff over 400 alongside Amazon's latest cuts

Twitch announced today that it would be laying off over 400 employees alongside Amazon's layoffs of around 9,000.


As Amazon prepares to layoff a large portion of its workforce, it seems that Twitch will also get caught up in the firings. Following news announced earlier today about Amazon moving to layoff about 9,000 employees, Twitch has followed up with its own announcement that over 400 Twitch employees will be part of those layoffs.

New Twitch CEO Dan Clancy announced these layoffs in a Twitch blog post on March 20, 2023, following immediately after news of Amazon’s estimated 9,000 layoffs earlier in the day.

Twitch CEO Dan Clancy's statements on layoffs
Dan Clancy shared the statement on Twitch's layoffs in addendum to Amazon's announced layoffs earlier today.
Source: Twitch

This marks one of Clancy’s first major moves with Twitch since he took over CEO from former company lead Emmett Shear, who resigned just last week. Shear exited the company with the reason that he had just had a child and was prepared to begin a new chapter of his life. Clancy, who was Twitch’s President before the promotion, went on to apologize to those affected by the firings:

With this latest layoffs, Amazon seems to be continuing its plan to cut its overall workforce by around 18,000 throughout early 2023 months. Stay tuned for more updates on Amazon and Twitch as details become available.

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    March 20, 2023 11:40 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Twitch fires over 400 as part of Amazon's latest layoffs

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      March 20, 2023 11:51 AM

      This shouldn't say "fires". They were laid off. Firing is very different from a layoff.

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        March 20, 2023 12:10 PM

        We have altered the title to better represent the situation.

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          March 20, 2023 12:39 PM

          Thanks for the quick change.

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        March 20, 2023 12:50 PM

        I'm sure it makes a big difference to those who lost their jobs

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          March 20, 2023 11:54 PM

          It does actually, when you're fired you can't apply for unemployment benefits. Also good luck applying for a new job and explaining why you were fired vs being laid off.

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      March 20, 2023 12:23 PM

      Hope any shackers working there were either spared or have jobs lined up

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      March 20, 2023 1:12 PM

      Hey gotta pay for their new CEO, and their old CEO's golden parachute somehow.

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