Amazon is set to cut a few more jobs in the music division after laying off several employees. According to reports, the e-commerce behemoth is currently laying off employees in its gaming division. The decision will have an impact on 180 employees.
The move is part of the company’s larger restructuring process, according to an internal memo to employees. According to the company, the job cuts are part of a strategic decision to focus on and prioritise areas with the greatest growth potential.
These layoffs follow those announced in April, which affected over 100 employees in Amazon’s games division, primarily in Prime Gaming, Game Growth, and the San Diego studio. This is the company’s second round of layoffs at its game development studios.
Christoph Hartmann, vice president, Amazon Games, informed employees via email on Monday, November 13, 2023, that the company is making changes to its game initiatives. These changes include the closure of the Crown Twitch channel and the Game Growth effort, which assists game developers with marketing.
Furthermore, the company’s primary goal will be to provide free games every month. To improve that focus, the Prime benefit will be refined. According to the memo, the company is currently focusing on upcoming releases such as Throne and Liberty and Blue Protocol, as well as future endeavours such as Tomb Raider and The Lord of the Rings games. In addition, the company will place a greater emphasis on its collaborations with Glowmade and Disruptive Games.
Furthermore, the company stated that it is actively hiring for key positions in order to develop new intellectual property. Meanwhile, Prime Gaming is consistently securing deals and providing members with engaging content on a monthly basis.