Amazon Game Studio to get a boost with new CEO
According to Bloomberg reports, Amazon will not shut down its game studio as Andy Jassy who is poised to take over the CEO position from Jeff Bezos, has pledged support for Amazon Game Studios.
In June of last year, AGS cancelled Crucible, a year earlier Intensity was axed and the year before that Breakaway went on the chopping block. New World was delayed from a mid-2020 launch to some time this year. Amazon Lumberyard, a game engine forked off the CryTek engine, was blamed for some of the development woes.
Christoph Hartmann the president at AGS from 2018, loosened up the restriction to use Lumberyard and some teams at the studio are reportedly experimenting with the Unreal Engine, so Lumberyard is not necessarily safe.
For now, Amazon Game Studios will try to work through the rough patch. Jassy in an email that went out to employees on Monday said “Being successful right away is obviously less stressful, but when it takes longer, it’s often sweeter,”.
This is in stark contrast with Google, which pulled the plug on the Stadia game studio, which was established not even two years ago (AGS was founded in 2012).
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