“Some companies launch in the first year, and some take many years,” Gacy explained in an email to employees seen by Bloomberg. “Although we have not yet succeeded in Amazon Game Studios, we need time to do so.”
Gacy continued: “Obviously, success right away is less stressful, but when it takes longer, it’s often better so we’ll continue to focus on the more important things.”
The message comes at a critical time for Amazon Game Studios, the video game development arm of the e-commerce giant, as the decision to create the division came directly from outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos, who recently announced that he would step down from the position later this year to replace. Replaced by Andy Gacy, the current head of Amazon Web Services.
And since the company spends close to $ 500 million a year on its still unsuccessful video game division, it’s important to have the support of the incoming CEO.
A previous Bloomberg report claimed that Amazon Game Studios ran into a host of problems including a studio head who lacks experience with video games, a very slow internal game engine and a culture that does not give women the same opportunities as men.
In response to the report, studio head Mike Frazini was reported to have emailed the team, stating that “there is zero tolerance for anything less than a completely fair and inclusive environment”.