Amazon is laying off a large number of employees from comic book platform Comixology
In 2014, Amazon officially acquired the Comixology comic book platform, and last February the network merged the platform with the Kindle, and now, in less than a year, the company has laid off a large number of Comixology platform employees.
As stated by the Director of the Comixology platform Scott McGovern That many employees were affected, about 75% of the staff, and that they received email from Amazon regarding the layoff.
According to The Beat report, the layoffs were divided into three parts. Some left immediately, some in June, while another group will remain until October 2023.
Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said on January 4 that the state of the economy was a major factor in this decision, and that the company’s goal is to pursue long-term opportunities with a strong structure. McGovern confirmed that the layoffs were part of a plan to lower the cost of service.
Comixology launched its paid subscription service Comixology Unlimited in May 2016, and the service includes banners from Kodansha USA Publishing, Dark Horse Comics, Seven Seas, Viz Media, Yen Press, and more publishers. Prior to the subscription service Comixology also partnered with publishers such as Viz Media to release Mana on its platform.
Amazon began laying off employees this November with a reported plan to lay off about 10,000, including the Amazon Alexa Devices organization and its retail and human resources division, then the company revealed earlier this month that it would lay off about 18,000 jobs.