Up to 8,450 game industry professionals have lost their jobs since July 2008, according to analyst Wanda Meloni.
Around 6,300 jobs have been lost from the North American trade, the rest coming from Asia and the UK.
Meloni noted that multiple studios have bitten the dust during the period.
"A handful of others are on life support, operating with a skeletal workforce and actively looking for buyers," she said.
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