Amazon Cancels Games, Lays Off Developers

A report on Kotaku has word that Amazon Game Studios has cancelled some unannounced games and laid off "dozens of employees," offering severance packages if they fail to find other positions within the company within 60 days. The layoffs, but not the cancellations, are confirmed in an official response they received from Amazon to their queries about this:
“Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “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. Amazon is deeply committed to games and continues to invest heavily in Amazon Game Studios, Twitch, Twitch Prime, AWS, our retail businesses, and other areas within Amazon.”
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Is it me or does the crysis engine cause problem for any who touch it?
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El Pit wrote on Jun 15, 2019, 04:04:
Has Amazon already released a game? I have not heard about it. Is anything close to release?

Couple mobile games and The Grand Tour Game (Console) which was more like an interactive TV show than a stand-alone title.
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Has Amazon already released a game? I have not heard about it. Is anything close to release?
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Curious what they were working on since these were unannounced projects that got canned...
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I hope Garnett Lee is safe. Been a fan of his since 1up.
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jdreyer wrote on Jun 14, 2019, 20:46:
Was anyone excited about what games Amazon was making? Given that companies' focus on profit, I assumed the games would be blatant SaaS money sinks.

Past tense? They're still making the games that were announced, in fact they claim this was done to prioritize those games.
And focus on profit? Isn't Amazon kind of famous for not turning (a significant/relative) profit?
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Dozens of (so less than 100), unannounced games (no tears here), 60 days to find a job (bullshit speak)
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Was anyone excited about what games Amazon was making? Given that companies' focus on profit, I assumed the games would be blatant SaaS money sinks.
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Code-speak for "Investors don't get jittery. Everything is cool. Don't sell off stocks!" Friday is typically the day these kinds of announcements are made in the hopes it will be old news by Monday morning.
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