According to a report from Amazon Games, studio head Mike Frazzini is stepping down from his role to focus on family Bloomberg. Frazzini has helped run Amazon’s games division since 2009 and played a role in building the company’s games studio.
“Mike was with Amazon Games from the beginning, and his leadership and perseverance helped build the games business from the ground up,” Amazon spokesman Ryan Jones said in a statement Bloomberg. “Our recent successes with New world and Lost Ark are the result of the long-term, customer-centric vision for games that he helped build. We are very grateful for all his contributions and wish Mike the very best.”
Amazon did not respond immediately The edge‘s request for comment.
Last year, Bloomberg published a report Details of a number of issues within Amazon Games, including claims that Frazzini, who began his career at Amazon as head of the marketplace’s books division, had no experience with games and often refused the advice of the developers he hired. The report also claims Frazzini would understaff projects and “chase” developers after the latest trends — projects that would ultimately lead to failure, like this Fourteen days-inspired intensity and League of Legends-how nova that never made it out of development.
However, these weren’t the only games Amazon faced challenges with. In 2018 Amazon Games has canceled its fantasy sports game breaking away, and in 2020, it pulled The Great Toura racing title based on a show of the same name, due to poor reception. cruciblea free game over watch-Shooter was one of Amazon Games’ biggest disappointments – the studio canceled the game after release it and then put it back into a closed beta. Last year, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy wrote an email to employeessaid: “Although we haven’t made it consistently yet… I think we will if we persevere.”
Amazon Games has seen success with this New world, an MMORPG that was released last fall, but even that game wasn’t spared a bumpy release; its start date was pushed back several times before finally going live in September 2021 play for free Lost Arkwhich was initially only available in South Korea, was also well received. Lost Ark became the second most played game on Steam after the English localization, a sudden surge in player numbers resulting in server issues and long queues.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/26/22997395/amazon-games-studio-boss-mike-frazzini-stepping-down Amazon Games boss Mike Frazzini resigns