Due to the problems in the economy, many companies have reduced their staff. According to the Game Industry Layoffs portal, 6136 game developers lost their jobs in 2023.
Among game-related companies, Unity laid off the most employees – 900 people. Epic Games laid off slightly less. At the end of September, it announced it was laying off 830 people. The third place in the anti-rating went to Amazon, which laid off more than 500 people from the departments of Prime Gaming, Game Growth, Twitch and Amazon Games San Diego studio.
The worst month in 2023 was September, in which layoffs in 17 companies at once became known. Also in the top 3 worst months were May (15 companies) and June (14 companies).
The creators of the portal note that their figures are most likely greatly underestimated, and in reality, there were more layoffs. The fact is that not all companies disclosed the number of those fired. Also, the statistics did not include cyber sports organizations and companies involved in blockchain games.