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Amazon Drops ‘Draconian’ Policy on Making Games After Work Hours

  • Memo from Game Studios chief suggests rules were too broad
  • Company previously claimed rights to games made outside work

Amazon.com Inc. withdrew a set of staff guidelines that claimed ownership rights to video games made by employees after work hours and dictated how they could distribute them, according to a company email reviewed by Bloomberg.

The longstanding policies within Amazon Game Studios had drawn criticism on social media over the last month after a Google engineer posted about them. Some game developers described the rules as “draconian.”