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It's about 3.5 weeks into 2024 and over 5,000 video game industry layoffs have been announced

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Yes, I realize that the bulk of these are at Unity and not all of those affected in that particular situation may be directly tied to the industry per se, but let's not split hairs.



This year is already looking to be another horrible one for people making games




Within the last few years, video game industry layoffs have unfortunately become more commonplace. In 2023, we saw near-weekly layoffs across the entire industry. When the dust had settled, at least 6,000 jobs across publishers, developers, and other video game-related companies had happened. Sadly, it appears 2024 will outpace that, if the first few weeks of the year are any indication.


Most folks didn’t expect 2024 to be much better, but I’m not sure anyone was ready for it to be possibly worse—yet this year has kicked off with a string of big and small layoffs signaling that the corporate bloodletting rituals aren’t ending anytime soon. So Kotaku is going to try and track all of 2024’s layoffs as they happen. Hopefully, we don’t have to update this post that much.



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The number of lay offs is already over half the total announced in…

The number of games industry job losses announced in January is already more than half the total job losses in the entirety of 2023.


According to the site, an estimated total of 10,500 game industry workers lost their jobs in 2023. At the time of writing, the estimated total for 2024 on the same site currently stands at 3,770.

However, today’s news that Microsoft is laying off 1,900 staff from its video game division means that when the list is next updated, it will total at least 5,670 layoffs.


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