Twitch, a video-streaming service, is said to have recently let go of 400 staff members. ‘Zach Bussey,’ an X user who first reported the layoffs, said that this round was smaller than the one in March.
Prior to this, the company let go of over 400 workers when its parent company, Amazon, cut 9,000 jobs in March. It is believed that the company’s customer experience department was the only place where jobs were recently cut. Instead of keeping these positions internal, the company is reportedly considering outsourcing them to outside vendors.
The company hasn’t yet officially announced these layoffs, though.
In March, Amazon fired 400 Twitch employees and replaced Emmett Shear, the company’s founder, as CEO with Dan Clancy.
At the time, it was claimed that the layoffs were required to ensure the long-term viability of the company due to the escalating competition in the streaming market, including from websites like Kick and YouTube. The situation appears to have not significantly improved despite the layoffs.
Twitch was purchased by Amazon in 2014 for about $970 million, and it was incorporated into the Prime service.
Twitch was established in 2011 and primarily focuses on streaming video games. It rapidly grew to incorporate a wide range of content, including music, visual arts, and “IRL” (In Real Life) broadcasts. Twitch is a platform that allows gamers and content producers to live-stream their gameplay or interact with viewers through chat. Twitch has, however, encountered difficulties, such as content moderation controversies and competition from rival gaming platforms like YouTube and Facebook.