Massive job cuts at Twitch, employees left in limbo

Onur Demirkol
Mar 21, 2023

Twitch announced that it had made the difficult decision to reduce the size of its workforce, laying off over 400 employees.

Twitch co-founder and CEO Emmett Shear recently announced that he is leaving his duties because he wants to spend more time with his newborn son. Dan Clancy was appointed as the new CEO after Shear's departure. Clancy announced the layoffs in the first blog post he published as the new CEO of Twitch.

Just over 400 employees have been affected by this decision, and the company says that the decision was made to ensure it protects the business in order for Twitch to be around for a long time.

"Like many companies, our business has been impacted by the current macroeconomic environment, and user and revenue growth has not kept pace with our expectations. In order to run our business sustainably, we've made the very difficult decision to shrink the size of our workforce," says Clancy.

Clancy also said they are confident in their "big" opportunities to support streamers and grow Twitch.

In his first blog post as the new Twitch CEO, Dan Clancy, announced that the company will lay off employees, leaving them in limbo.

Tech giants continue to reduce workforce

Big tech firms like Twitter, Google, and Meta announced similar but significantly larger layoffs than Twitch. It is not a mystery that the technology industry, even the top firms, is currently having hard times. While these companies tried to solve their problems by cutting off the workforce, Apple decided to slow down the hiring process and give fewer bonuses and promotions to existing employees.

On the other hand, Twitch is owned by Amazon, which is expected to reduce its workforce by an additional 9,000 individuals. It was known that this reduction would impact employees in various roles in AWS, Twitch, advertising, and human resources. Today, Clancy said just over 400 employees are laid off, which means around 8,600 Amazon employees' jobs are still in danger.

CEO Andy Jassy said that Amazon's businesses have "added a significant amount of headcount over the past several years. But the "uncertainty" of the current and future economy means Amazon has "chosen to be more streamlined in our costs and headcount."

Twitch layoffs are just the start for Amazon employees. In the next few weeks, almost 8,600 more people will be laid off, following the elimination of 18,000 jobs in January. Apart from Amazon, Meta laid off more than 21,000 employees, Microsoft laid off 10,000 people in January, and Google cut 12,000 employees a couple of days after Microsoft.


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  1. The Dark Lady said on July 9, 2023 at 11:19 am

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  3. Database failure said on August 18, 2023 at 5:21 pm

    Martin, [#comment-4569908] is only meant to be in: []. Whereas it appears duplicated in several recent random low-quality non relevant articles.

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  4. Howard Pearce said on August 25, 2023 at 12:24 pm

    Don’t tell me!

    Ghacks wants the state to step in for STATE-MANDATED associations to save jobs!!!

    Bring in the dictatorship!!!

    And screw Rreedom of Association – too radical for Ghacks maybe

  5. Howard Allan Pearce said on September 7, 2023 at 9:13 am

    GateKeeper ?

    That’s called “appointing” businesses to do the state’s dirty work!!!!!

    But the article says itself that those appointed were not happy – implying they had not choice!!!!!!

  6. owl said on September 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    @The Dark Lady,
    @Database failure,
    @Howard Pearce,
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    Note: I replaced the quoted URI scheme: https:// with “>>” and posted.

    The current is owned by “Softonic International S.A.” (sold by Martin in October 2019), and due to the fate of M&A, has changed in quality.
    Many Authors of bloggers and advertisers certified by Softonic have joined the site, and the site is full of articles aimed at advertising and clickbait.
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  7. Anonymous said on September 14, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We all live in digital surveillance glass houses under scrutiny of evil people because of people like Musk. It’s only fair that he takes his turn.

  8. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:31 pm

    “Operating systems will be required to let the user choose the browser, virtual assistant and search engine of their choice. Microsoft cannot force users to use Bing or Edge. Apple will have to open up its iOS operating system to allow third-party app stores, aka allow sideloading of apps. Google, on the other hand, will need to provide users with the ability to uninstall preloaded apps (bloatware) from Android devices. Online services will need to allow users to unsubscribe from their platform easily. Gatekeepers need to provide interoperability with third-parties that offer similar services.”

    Wonderful ! Let’s hope they’ll comply with that law more than they are doing with the GDPR.

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