Amazon.com Inc’s online game division has cancelled an internet role-playing recreation based mostly on the fantasy sequence Lord of the Rings, which was introduced in 2019, an Amazon spokeswoman mentioned.
The sport had been in growth at Amazon Sport Studios alongside China-based Leyou Applied sciences Holdings, which was acquired by Chinese language tech big Tencent Holdings in December.
The ensuing contract negotiations led to a dispute between Amazon and Tencent that finally brought about the sport’s cancellation, Bloomberg reported earlier on Saturday, citing individuals acquainted with the matter.
“Following Leyou’s latest acquisition by Tencent, we’ve been unable to safe phrases to proceed with this title right now”, the Amazon spokeswoman mentioned in a press release emailed to Reuters.
The Amazon staff engaged on the sport shall be moved to different initiatives, she mentioned.
Amazon Sport Studios has struggled to launch a profitable online game since its launch in 2014.
The corporate has cancelled beforehand introduced video games Breakaway and Crucible, whereas one other of its video games, New World, has been delayed repeatedly, Bloomberg reported.
Amazon’s online game division has struggled due to mismanagement and cultural clashes between recreation builders and the corporate’s rules, Bloomberg mentioned earlier this yr.
Amazon’s incoming CEO Andy Jassy mentioned earlier this yr that he was dedicated to the video video games division, which launched below outgoing chief government and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.