Gaming Unity Laying Off Hundreds Of Staffers

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Unity, the company behind the popular game development engine of the same name, has recently laid off hundreds of staffers, multiple sources tell Kotaku.

Founded in the mid-2000s, Unity is used by thousands of developers; you’ve almost certainly seen its logo pop up in the loading screens for some of your favorite—or least-favorite—games. In 2014, former EA head John Riccitiello took over as CEO. (In 2020, Riccitiello reportedly saw his compensation jump by 160 percent to $22 million.) The firm employed 3,300 people as of June 2020, according to its IPO filing with the Securities and Exchange Commision, though the company’s LinkedIn and Glassdoor pages peg that figure as north of 5,000.

Layoffs have afflicted Unity’s offices across the globe. Sources tell Kotaku that pretty much every corner of the company has taken some sort of hit, though there’s a concentration in the AI and engineering departments. On Blind, the anonymous messaging board commonly used by employees in the tech industry, Unity staffers say that roughly 300 or 400 people have been let go, and that layoffs are still ongoing. Kotaku’s sources have said the same.

Those who lost jobs this week were asked by their bosses to suddenly log into a video call, with no advance notice of what the call was about. But for some of these calls, a member of Unity’s human resources department also logged into the meeting. (In those situations, it’s usually pretty clear what that means.)


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This sucks. I hope things get better there and this does not effect the product. Unity is used by so many people to do Linux and all the cross platform games. I still cannot believe it is free either.
 
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