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Amazon Decides to Lay off its Game Studios

Founded in 2012, Amazon Game Studios has released just a handful of games

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Amazon has laid off dozens of developers at its little-known videogame branch, Amazon Game Studios, which develops online games.

Amazon Game Studios has allowed the affected employees 60 days to look for new positions within Amazon, according to one person who was laid off. If they fail to find employment within that period, they would receive severance packages, the Kotaku reported on Friday.

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“Amazon Game Studios is reorganising some teams to allow us to prioritise development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future,” an Amazon spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Founded in 2012, Amazon Game Studios has released just a handful of games.

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All of the releases have been designed for mobile devices with one exception — ‘The Grand Tour Game’ — on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, based on the Amazon Prime original series of the same name, according to the CNBC. (IANS)

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Amazon Alexa May Come to Windows 10’s Lock Screen

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers

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Tech giant Microsoft would allow Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa to activate on the lock screen in the next update to Windows 10.

Microsoft’s new update follows changes to Cortana in Windows 10, as it moves to a separate app in the Microsoft Store and away from the built-in search experience in the operating system, The Verge reported on Monday.

By putting Alexa on the lock screen, a Windows 10 PC would be an Alexa smart speaker even when the PC is in sleep mode.

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The tech giant plans to implement these changes to Alexa in the code name “19H2” update which is expected to arrive in September.

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Microsoft and Amazon last year entered into a partnership to integrate Cortana and Alexa.

Microsoft even started testing its first 2020 Windows 10 update ahead of “19H2” code and continues to issue builds to testers. (IANS)