NewsWhile 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).
Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey
While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014.