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Amazon’s new CEO has his eyes on video games

Amazon’s incoming CEO Andy Jessy will be focused on video game production in the early days of his tenure

In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, AWS CEO Andy Jassy, discusses a new initiative with the NFL during AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas. Amazon announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Jeff Bezos would step down as CEO later in the year, leaving a role he’s had since founding the company nearly 30 years ago.
In this Dec. 5, 2019, file photo, AWS CEO Andy Jassy, discusses a new initiative with the NFL during AWS re:Invent 2019 in Las Vegas. Amazon announced Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Jeff Bezos would step down as CEO later in the year, leaving a role he’s had since founding the company nearly 30 years ago.
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Amazon’s incoming CEO, Andy Jassy, recently told his employees that he will keep a focus on video game production, despite rumors that the video game side of Amazon isn’t doing well.

What happened

Earlier this week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he would be stepping down from his post to focus on new projects. Jassy, who has worked with Amazon Web Services since 1997, will take up the post, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

Bloomberg reported that major problems face Amazon’s video game development team, including having leaders who don’t have any familiarity with video games.

  • Jassy sent an email to the Amazon staff (which was obtained by Bloomberg) that responded to the original Bloomberg report.
  • “Some businesses take off in the first year, and others take many years,” he wrote, per Bloomberg. “Though we haven’t consistently succeeded yet in AGS (Amazon Game Studios), I believe we will if we hang in there.”

Amazon and video games

According to The Verge, Amazon Game Studios has faced some hiccups in recent weeks. For example, the company canceled a video game called Crucible, which would have been similar to the popular game Overwatch. Another game, called New World, was delayed as well.

  • “AGS might have the support of Amazon’s next CEO, but it’s got a long way to go if it wants to earn the support of players,” according to The Verge.

Amazon seems committed to its video game development as Google made the decision to slow down its own Stadia Games and Entertainment, which was a first-party game studio, per 9to5Google.