Unite has laid off hundreds of employees at its offices globally, according to Kotaku. The video game software development company known for its popular game engine has reportedly employed between 300 and 400 employees so far. Sources say layoffs are still ongoing, so these numbers could be higher by the time the company is done. Unity has confirmed to Engadget that they are “reorganizing some of the [its] resources “resulted in layoffs of about 4% of the company’s entire workforce. That’s in line with reports that they’ve let go of about 300 people, since LinkedIn Page lists 8,048 employees.
The company told Engadget:
“As part of a continuum of planning, in which we regularly evaluate how our sourcing is compared to the company’s priorities, we decided to reallocate some of our resources. to better focus and support our long-term growth This led to some tough decisions affecting about 4% of all Unity’s workforce. We appreciate the contributions. of those leaving Unity, and we’re supporting them through this difficult transition.”
While mass layoffs affect Unity’s entire workforce, Kotaku said it mainly focuses on its engineering and AI divisions. Above Blind, an anonymous messaging board used by tech industry insiders, posters claiming to be former Unity employees said they were asked to place a Zoom call with a manager and an employee the. They lost access to Slack and corporate email and had to deliver their laptops within 48 hours, but it seemed they had 30 days to find a new role within the company. Based on Kotaku, Giving them 30 days to find a new role won’t help as the company has already implemented a hiring freeze, but Unity tells us that’s not the case at all.
One of the publication’s sources said there’s a lot going on in Unity at the moment, including poor management 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 is also nearby lay off about 90 employees, or 8% of the workforce, to streamline its operations. Meanwhile, Netflix’s latest job cuts due to slowing revenue growth affected 300 employees.
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