Amazon’s video game division cancels Lord of the Rings game announced in 2019

The video games division of Amazon.com Inc has canceled an online role-playing game based on the fantasy series Lord of the Rings, which was announced in 2019, an Amazon spokesperson said.

The game was in development at Amazon Game Studios alongside China-based Leyou Technologies Holdings, which was acquired by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings in December.

The resulting contract negotiations led to a dispute between Amazon and Tencent that ultimately caused the game to be canceled, Bloomberg reported earlier on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.

“Following the recent acquisition of Leyou by Tencent, we have not been able to secure the conditions to continue with this title at this time,” the Amazon spokeswoman said in a statement to Reuters.

The Amazon team working on the game will be moved to other projects, she said.

Amazon Game Studios has struggled to release a successful video game since its launch in 2014.

The company canceled the previously announced Breakaway and Crucible games, while another of its games, New World, has been repeatedly delayed, Bloomberg reported.

Amazon’s video game division has struggled due to mismanagement and cultural clashes between game developers and corporate principles, Bloomberg said earlier this year.

New Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said earlier this year that he was engaged in the video games division, which was launched under the leadership of outgoing CEO and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

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