Dyack says layoff numbers are “staggering”, but there’s growth in Canada

Friday, 27th November 2009 18:25 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Silicon Knights bossman Denis Dyack has said that the amount of industry developers being laid off during the past 18 months “has been staggering”, but the next fiscal year will be one of growth for Ubisoft with its new 800-person studio opening in Toronto.

“It’s been really a rough year and a half for the industry as a whole,” he told “The number of layoffs in the industry has been staggering. As an external developer it’s been tough. I actually don’t know anyone who’s older than us any more. There used to be four or five people I knew of but I feel right now that we’re one of the last of the V8s”.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people and I know a lot of people who have gone out of business,” he lamented.

“Where I see some more growth for Silicon Knights in the future is I can see a very strong recruiting campaign that will say ‘come back home to Ontario’,” he added. What that means for us [the new studio] is we’re really excited because we’re going to be able to come out, and the industry is going to rebound and grow, and we’ll be one of probably five companies in the world that has any serious business beyond ten years.”

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  1. blackdreamhunk

    this is a very good article here

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Uh huh did you read what Wada actually said? I assume not.

    “In ten years’ time a lot of what we call ‘console games’ won’t exist,” he said.

    and then:

    Wada warned that “all the distributors and sales firms will suffer a big negative impact” from a new era in which interactive entertainment switches from software run on hardware in the home to server-based offerings, game streaming and digital distribution.

    Wada is speaking of the movement called ONlive and Steam which would destroy the PC market as well along with COnsoles because it won’t be needed especially with this Cloud software being used. You would just have a small little wallet thing connected to your PC and/or TV to play the games you want. So Nvidia/AMD all those part manafacturers will need to rethink their product they are trying to sell maybe a vid card with this Cloudbased device. Not sure about 10 years, we’ll see.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    you for got about web based gaming that can play the last qauke game.

    I mean those free add supporting web based games are also hot in this ression.

    you can play the last quake game on the web how cool is that ;)

    #3 5 years ago

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