Amazon Games lays off 180 employees

Amazon attributes the layoffs to 'changes in our business approach.'


As the gaming industry continues to be hit with layoffs at studios both big and small, one of the biggest companies in the world is laying off employees in its games division. Amazon Games is laying off 180 employees, as announced in an internal email.

Word of layoffs at Amazon first spread thanks to a report from Aftermath. Included in the layoffs are the entirety of the Crown Channel on Twitch, which previously hosted live events with various popular streamers. Aftermath obtained the full email provided to employees, written by Christoph Hartmann, VP of Amazon Games.

An image of a ship sailing on the water in Lost Ark.

Source: Amazon Games

The report also states that Amazon is looking to put increased efforts into Prime Gaming. It’s unfortunately just the latest in what has been a year filled with industries at some of the gaming industry’s biggest companies. Most recently, we saw Epic Games and Bungie lay off large chunks of their respective workforces.

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