Amazon's video game division has been struggling to get off the ground, and a report from Bloomberg indicates just how much has been spent trying to make it happen.
Two sources familiar with Amazon's budget told Bloomberg that the tech giant is spending "nearly $500 million a year" operating the video game division.
Amazon has brought in a number of video game veterans since first setting up its development operation, including Portal designer Kim Swift and Far Cry 2 director Clint Hocking, neither of whom are still with the company.
The Bloomberg report details issues within Amazon including lack of incentives, struggles with its Lumberyard engine, and an internal "bro culture" where women were not afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts, according to interviews with over 30 current and former Amazon employees.
Its MMORPG New World was delayed out of 2020 and is currently set to go live this spring.