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Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey
Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey Exclusive
July 24, 2014 | By Kris Graft

While previous years have seen a downward trend in game developer layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's recently-released Game Developer Salary Survey 2014 [full PDF].

Fourteen percent of respondents said they were laid off in 2013, up from 12 percent in 2012. Still, layoffs in the game industry are 6 percent lower than 2009, when 20 percent of those polled said they had been laid off that year.

Of developers who were laid off, 59 percent eventually found new employment at a game studio or publisher, flat from 2012. The next most popular post-layoff move was to primarily go into consulting, with 22 percent choosing that path, up from 16 percent in the prior year. Sixteen percent moved into indie game development (up 2 percent), while 10 percent said they haven’t found new work in the game industry since they were laid off (down 2 percent).

The most popular ways to find a job in 2013 were via referral (28 percent), job postings (18 percent), being recruited directly by the company (12 percent), and sending in a resume (12 percent).

Check out the full report!

Conducted in May 2014 for the period between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013, Gamasutra gathered well over 4,000 unique responses worldwide, with help from market research company Audience Insights.

You can download the full PDF here, and check out Salary Survey highlights all this week at our special Salary Survey page on Gamasutra.

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Benjy Davo
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I don't mean to be a doom monger but I sense 2014 is going to be a tough one for job losses. Crytek are teetering on the brink, with 800 staff. Capcom are looking for a buyer and they have 2000 staff. Some job losses expected in games division from 18k person cull by Microsoft. I've never had so many former games colleagues ask me about jobs in traditional software sector maybe they sense something is changing?

Evan Hill
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And that's not even counting the other layoffs that hit earlier this year

Sony Santa Monica, Irrational, Disney Interactive.
Red 5 is preparing to ship Firefall...
Things are looking bleak for this years numbers

David Lejeune
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I don't think Activision considered it noteworthy enough for their earnings call, but I'd be surprised if a few people beyond Joel Jewett and Scott Pease weren't let go in the Infinity Ward/Neversoft merger as well.