Every Video Game Industry Layoff In 2024

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Over the past few years, layoffs in the video game industry have unfortunately become commonplace. In 2023, There are almost weekly layoffs across the industry.. When the dust settled, Even if only slightly 6,000 jobs were created across publishers, developers and other video game companies. Unfortunately, if the first few weeks of this year are any indication, 2024 looks set to be better.

Most people didn’t expect 2024 to be this good, but I’m not sure anyone was prepared for it possibly being even worse. Still, this year’s wave of layoffs, large and small, signals the end of the corporate bloodletting ritual. It won’t end soon.So Kotaku intends to track all layoffs in 2024 as they occur. I hope I don’t have to update this article too much.


Archact – unknown

January 4, 2024 The first round of video game layoffs (as far as we know) happened at VR game developer Archiact. The company is known for doom 3 VR Port announced on social media that it has laid off an unspecified number of staff.

“We are working with these individuals to offset this difficult transition as much as possible, including through reverse hiring,” the studio said in an announcement post.

Bossa Studio – 19 people

Although this technically happened in late 2023, it was reported and confirmed on January 5, 2024. according to game industry.biz, 19 people were cut from the studio. The redundancies were mainly in QA and production roles and some non-UK employees.

Unity Software – 1,800 people

January 8, 2024 Reuters Unity has confirmed its plans, reporting the first truly major layoffs of the year. Nearly 25% of workforce cut as part of ongoing ‘reset’ At work. This is reportedly the software company’s largest layoff in its history and is expected to be completed by the end of March.

Twitch – 500 people

January 9, 2024 bloomberg report Twitch is reportedly preparing to lay off 500 employees by the end of January. This represents approximately 35% of the total workforce.Video game streaming website formerly owned by Amazon laid off hundreds of employees last year After March is October.

Playtika – 300-400 people

According to reports C Tech January 11, 2024Mobile game publisher and developer Playtika plans to lay off up to 400 employees, about 10% of its workforce. Playtika previously laid off 900 employees in 2022, but agreed to pay them up to the following amounts in 2023: 300 million dollars to acquire another mobile development company, Innplay Labs.

Discord – 170 people

The Verge Reported on January 11, 2024 Popular video game chat software developer Discord reportedly planned to lay off about 17% of its workforce. The layoffs were announced at an all-hands meeting and in an internal memo obtained by the company. The Verge. CEO Jason Citron explained in the memo that the company has grown “rapidly” since 2020 and has taken on too many projects.

“Today, we are increasingly clear about the need to improve the way we focus and work together to deliver more. agile to our organization,” Citron told employees in the memo. “This was a major driver of our decision to reduce the size of our workforce.”

Lost Boys Interactive – Unknown

January 12th, aftermath report An unknown number of employees at Gearbox-owned development company Lost Boys Interactive are said to have been laid off.

“It appears that a significant portion of Lost Boys Interactive was laid off today, including myself,” wrote Jared Pace, a producer at the studio. On Linkedin. Mr. Pace said: aftermath The job cuts “affected all sectors at all levels”.

Fan selector – 3 people

Behind the Canadian Indie Studio art of rally announced on January 12 that it had fired three developers.

“Unfortunately, we have had to make several positions redundant at Funselektor.” Tweeted by the studio founder Dunkas. “We want to help them find jobs in the video games field, so we recommend @AdrianGenerator, @PezzleSp and @h4ypal, all great Australians.”


As of January 11, 2024, at least 2,792 people have been laid off (or will be laid off) this year.

The video game industry is bigger and makes more money than movies and music combined. $180 billion in 2021 alone. It is also an industry where risks and costs increase year by year. AAA games take time and more expensive to make, leading to a situation where even a single flop could sink a studio or publisher.And so is the industry as a whole. the urgent need for Unions help protect millions of workers when things don’t go as planned.

Until then, corporate greed, industry consolidation, and poor leadership will continue to cost thousands of people their jobs, as we’ve seen with Twitch and Unity.

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