Amazon Game Studio head and longtime employee Mike Frazzini is stepping down, he announced in a LinkedIn message† Frazzini mentioned the desire to spend more time with family and the fact that the studio is finally having some success. “While there’s never really a perfect time to step away from a great role, now is a good time,” he wrote. “We have launched two top 10 games in the past six months and have a growing portfolio of promising new games in the pipeline.”
Amazon Games has struggled in recent years, particularly with the cancellation of its Lord of the Rings MMO and fiasco with his first AAA game, melting pot† The company was also criticized for its policy of claiming ownership of employees’ personal games that an engineer called “draconianA former Game Studios executive said some issues with Amazon arose because Frazzini had no previous gaming experience, according to the same Bloomberg report.
However, the company has had hits of late with New world, one of the biggest money makers of 2021 on Steam. It has also enjoyed continued success as a publisher of lost ark, created by South Korean developer Smilegate RPG. Frazzini didn’t say what he intended to do.
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