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Amazon Announces Layoffs Impacting AWS, Twitch

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Amazon has announced another round of layoffs that will see around 9,000 people lose their jobs, impacting their AWS cloud unit, Twitch gaming division, advertising and PXT (the experience and technology solutions) arm of the company, according to a memo published by CEO Andy Jassy, via TechCrunch.

Amazon laid off around 18,000 of their workforce, in their PXT and Amazon Stores businesses, only a few months ago, but this time we see their video game streaming platform Twitch take a hit with around 400 employees set to lose their jobs.

“Some may ask why we didn’t announce these role reductions with the ones we announced a couple months ago,” Jassy wrote in the memo.

“The short answer is that not all of the teams were done with their analyses in the late fall; and rather than rush through these assessments without the appropriate diligence, we chose to share these decisions as we’ve made them so people had the information as soon as possible. The same is true for this note as the impacted teams are not yet finished making final decisions on precisely which roles will be impacted. Once those decisions have been made (our goal is to have this complete by mid to late April), we will communicate with the impacted employees (or where applicable in Europe, with employee representative bodies).”

The layoffs at Twitch come just a week after CEO Emmett Shear officially stepped down from the company.

Twitch’s Dan Clancy has since issued a statement on the layoffs, on their official blog:

“Today I shared with Twitch employees that we’ve made the difficult decision to reduce the size of our workforce, which results in us having to say goodbye to just over 400 people. As a company focused on building community together, this decision was incredibly difficult and one we did not make without considerable thought. “

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