Software engineer outs ridiculous Amazon Personal Games policy


By Ray Ampoloquio July 11, 2021

For a man going by the name of James Liu, a prospective Amazon employee, and a software engineer, working in Amazon would have been the ideal choice - until it wasn't.

While preparing to join Amazon back in 2018, James Liu learned of a set of stipulations that was a part of his contract with Amazon.

James Liu shared the news about the Amazon Personal Games policy on Twitter in a since-deleted Tweet.

According to the Amazon Personal Games policy, Amazon requires its employees to use its services when publishing a game that you made, regardless of whether you developed it using your free time.

The worst part here is that you can only work on games together with other Amazon employees.

As soon as he learned about it, James says that he attempted to have it waived. However, Amazon's legal department saw no reason to give him an exception to the restrictive policy.

According to James, his new employer has some similar policies when it comes to using company resources and ownership of patents, but it's nowhere near as restrictive.

While it's been three years since James declined the job at Amazon, some reports suggest that the Amazon Personal Games policy still exists as it is today.

He clarified that he did not apply for a job as a game dev at Amazon. Instead, it was for a generic AWS job, which only made the enforcement of the Amazon Personal Games policy worse.

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