Amazon Lays Off Comixology Staff, Described by many as a Bloodbath

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Recently, there was a massive layoff at the Comixology Division at Amazon, but according to information obtained by Comics Beat, it has been described as the “Comixology Bloodbath.”

In a tweet from Comixology’s Ex-Program Manager Scott McGovern, he confirmed that 75% of the staff has been laid off.

McGovern also mentions that numerous staffers, roughly about 75%, were affected and received an email from Amazon. Regarding the layoffs, websites such as Anime News Network, Comics Beat, and Polygon mention that the entire division was laid off in three parts: those that were eliminated immediately, others leaving in June, and another group that will stay until October.

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In a recent announcement from January 4th, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy stated that the current economy was a factor in this decision and that the company’s goal was to pursue “long-term opportunities with a stronger cost structure.” McGaven also confirmed that according to a note from Amazon’s Retail CEO Doug Herrington, the layoffs are part of a “wider effort to lower [its] cost to serve.”

Amazon began laying off employees in November with a plan to lay off 10,000 people in corporate and technology jobs. This included the Amazon devices organization (ALEXA), retail division, and human resources. The company then revealed earlier this month that it was laying off about 18,000 jobs.

Amazon acquired Comixology in 2014. In February 2022, Amazon integrated Comixology into Kindle.

Source: Anime News Network, Comics Beat, Polygon

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