After laying off 100 employees in April, Amazon Games is holding another round of layoffs with 180 employees set to lose their jobs according to a new report from Aftermath.
In an internal email, Amazon Games VP Christoph Hartmann says part of the reason for the layoffs is the company listening to customers.
“We’ve listened to our customers and we know delivering free games every month is what they want most, so we are refining our Prime benefit to increase our focus there,” he said. “With these changes in our business approach come changes to our resourcing, resulting in the elimination of just over 180 roles.”
Along with the layoffs, Amazon is shutting down and letting go its Crown channel on Twitch as well as the entire Game Growth team.
“I know this is difficult news and that the impact will be felt widely,” Hartmann continued. “It never feels good to say goodbye to colleagues. This isn’t a decision the leadership team came to quickly; it was the result of extensive considerations and road mapping for our future.
“We are proud of the work the teams have been doing, pushing into new areas with weekly content on Crown Channel, and finding more ways to help publishers reach new audiences with Game Growth. But after further evaluation of our businesses, it became clear that we need focus our resources and efforts to deliver great games to players now and in the future.”
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