Amazon Cuts At Least 180 Jobs In Gaming Industry

These are the latest cuts to hit the gaming industry in 2023, which has seen around 6,500 job losses.

Amazon Cuts At Least 180 Jobs In Gaming Industry

Amazon has become the latest company to lay off workers in the gaming sector, laying off 180 people as part of a reorganization.

The internet behemoth, which owns the gaming streaming site Twitch, is also shutting down its own channel on the platform, which had struggled to gain traction.

These are the most recent job losses in the gaming business in 2023, which has had around 6,500 job losses.

Despite the fact that this year saw the release of successful games from brands such as Zelda, Spider-Man, and Mario.

In the previous six months, Fortnite creator Epic Games, Assassin's Creed developer Ubisoft Montreal, and Pokemon Go creator Niantic have all announced layoffs.

Amazon Games was created in 2012, primarily to create mobile games, but it has subsequently expanded into larger titles such as the online games New World and Lost Ark.

In 2022, the company revealed that it would release a new single-player game based on the legendary series Tomb Raider, and in May, it said that it was working on a Lord of the Rings-themed game.

Amazon stated in an email to employees obtained by the BBC that the layoffs were part of a reorganization exercise.

"After our initial restructuring in April, it became clear that we needed to focus our resources even more on areas that are growing with the highest potential to drive our business forward," Amazon Games vice president Christoph Hartmann wrote.

However, he also stated that the company was looking for additional openings in its gaming sector.

It comes amid a wave of layoffs across the tech industry in 2023, with Amazon alone laying off over 25,000 workers.