Games industry has suffered 11,500 layoffs since 2008

Tuesday, 12th January 2010 08:18 GMT By Patrick Garratt


The worldwide industry has been hit by up to 11,500 job losses since late 2008, a new study claims.

Research by analyst group M2 Research said today that “the final count for layoffs since the economic meltdown in late 2008 reached 11,488 worldwide, with the majority of the losses coming in 2009.”

The study identified redundancies from 95 studios: 52 of the affected studios were American.

The majority of layoffs come at “studio level”, with QA staff often being the first to go.

High profile studios such as Pandemic, 3DRealms and Ensemble Studios have all bitten the dust in recent times.

There’s more on Develop.



  1. Quiiick


    #1 5 years ago
  2. Grimrita

    It is. I was laid off in May and haven’t found anything since :( – a tough market for all out there right now

    #2 5 years ago
  3. mington


    that must be a horrible position to be in Grimrita, especially now with all the competition for each job

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Grimrita

    you could say ‘its a bit grim, rita’ haha. Most of the jobs are outside of the UK now as well and even in parts of Europe.

    But what pisses me off, is all this talk of all the revenue that the industry makes and then the cost to develop a game – but yet studios are closed, people lose their jobs and costs still increase.

    A friend of mine was laid off at EA just before christmas and he (like me) moved to go and work there and within just 12 months, was shown the door.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Doc Robotnik

    I was made redundant in August. Harsh market.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. mington

    i suppose you guys are living the dream, for everyone working in the games industry there’s a thousand who wish they could get in….but the harsh reality is, there no job security, and its a huge gamble traveling the country/world for a job they may not last

    by any chance are you a Environment Artist

    i would eat shit to work at naughtydog

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Doc Robotnik

    #7 5 years ago
  8. The Hindle

    You aint the only one though Mington shame you need like a 15ks worth of education to work there lol

    #8 5 years ago
  9. frostquake

    Check out Rock Star San Diego…

    #9 5 years ago

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