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Amazon Game Studios Executive Steps Down as Unit Struggles With Hits

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Another veteran executive is leaving Amazon.com Inc.’s video game division, which has struggled to produce big hits since it launched a decade ago.

John Smedley, who has three decades of experience in the industry and ran the Amazon Game Studios office in San Diego for six years, told staff Wednesday that he’s stepping aside. Smedley joined Amazon in 2017 and has worked on various projects, none of which have been released.