Amazon’s video game division cancels Lord of the Rings role-playing game

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

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Amazon.com Inc’s video game division has cancelled an online role-playing game based on the fantasy series Lord of the Rings, which was announced in 2019, an Amazon spokeswoman said.The game had been 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 eventually caused the game’s cancellation, Bloomberg reported earlier on Saturday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The company has cancelled previously announced games Breakaway and Crucible, while another of its games, New World, has been delayed repeatedly, Bloomberg reported.Amazon’s video game division has struggled because of mismanagement and cultural clashes between game developers and the company’s principles, Bloomberg said earlier this year.

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