Unity has reportedly laid off hundreds of employees at its offices around the world kotaku. The video game software development company, known for its popular game engine, has reportedly laid off around 300 to 400 employees so far. Layoffs are still ongoing, sources said, so those numbers could be higher when the company is done. Unity has confirmed to Engadget that it’s “realigning some of them [its] resources,” which resulted in the layoff of about 4 percent of the entire workforce. This aligns with the report that around 300 employees have since been laid off LinkedIn page lists 8,048 employees.
The company told Engadget:
“As part of an ongoing planning process where we regularly assess our resource levels against our business priorities, we have decided to realign some of our resources to better drive focus and support our long-term growth. This led to some tough decisions that impacted about 4% of all Unity employees. We are grateful for the contributions of those who are leaving Unity, and we support them through this difficult transition.”
While the mass layoff affects the entire Unity workforce, kotaku said it’s primarily focused on its AI and engineering departments. On Blind, the anonymous messaging board used by workers in the tech industry, posters claiming to be former Unity employees said they were asked to join a Zoom call with a manager and an HR worker. They lost access to their company’s Slack and email and had to turn in their laptops within 48 hours, but they appeared to have 30 days to find a new role within the company. Corresponding kotaku, Giving them 30 days to find a new job wouldn’t help because the company imposed a hiring freeze, but Unity told us that’s not true at all.
One of the publication’s sources said there’s a lot going on at Unity right now, including mismanagement and “strategic pivots at a rapid, unpredictable pace.” Whatever the reason for the reorganization, Unity’s layoffs are just the latest in a string of job cuts in the tech industry. Niantic recently laid off around 90 employees, or 8 percent of its workforce, to streamline its operations. Meanwhile, 300 employees have been impacted by Netflix’s latest round of job cuts due to slowing revenue growth.
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