Amazon.com Inc’s online game division has canceled a web-based 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 improvement 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 ultimately prompted the sport’s cancellation, Bloomberg reported earlier on Saturday, citing individuals acquainted with the matter.
“Following Leyou’s recent acquisition by Tencent, we have been unable to secure terms to proceed with this title at this time”, the Amazon spokeswoman mentioned in an announcement emailed to Reuters.
The Amazon crew engaged on the sport will likely 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 canceled 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 ideas, 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 underneath outgoing chief government and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.