Amazon Game Studios Reportedly Lays Off Dozens of Employees

The studio still has yet to ship an original console game.

Amazon Game Studios has laid off dozens of employees during E3, according to a new report. The video game development studio owned by the online retail giant has yet to ship an original console game.

Kotaku reports that during E3, Amazon Game Studios quietly laid off dozens of employees, and maybe even canceled some unannounced games as well. Laid off employees will have 60 days to search for a new job within Amazon, or failing that, will receive a severance package.

Amazon confirmed the layoff to Kotaku, citing reorganization to "allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we're excited to reveal in the future."

"These moves are the result of regular business planning cycles where we align resources to match evolving, long-range priorities. We're working closely with all employees affected by these changes to assist them in finding new roles within Amazon," an Amazon spokesperson said.

Since its founding in 2012, Amazon Game Studios has so far only shipped mobile games for the Amazon Appstore and a console game based on the reality show The Grand Tour. Original games like Crucible and New World have yet to ship; and another high-profile project, Breakway, was also canceled. Amazon hires like Clint Hocking and Kim Swift have also left the company.

Amazon also shipped a modified version of the Crytek Engine called Lumberyard, but that piece of technology has also mostly used for Amazon's upcoming games and Star Citizen.

Amazon Game Studios' current state continues to be murky and without a game to show for it, there will be questions about its future will continue to arise.

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