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Unity is laying off 25% of its staff

Unity, which is used in popular games such as Fall Guys and Pokémon Go, is just one of the major game companies that have seen layoffs over the past year.

Unity is going through another wave of layoffs, and this time it will affect about 25% of its entire staff, or about 1,800 employees. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company, which creates the popular game engine, said it is laying off staff “in connection with restructuring and refocusing its core business and to ensure long-term, profitable growth.”

Unity has gone through several rounds of layoffs over the past year, the most recent of which affected 265 employees last November. However, it’s not yet clear whether Unity is laying off another 1,800 employees in addition to the layoffs it announced last year, or if that’s the total number.

Last year’s layoffs came just weeks after the company made changes to its pricing model that disappointed developers. As a result, Unity dropped some of the new policies and CEO John Riccitiello resigned.

“Today, as part of the company’s reboot outlined in our November 9, 2023 letter to shareholders, we announced that Unity has made the difficult decision to make layoffs that will affect approximately 25% of all employees across all teams,” said Kelly Ekins, director of communications at Unity. “This decision was not made lightly, and we extend our deepest gratitude to those affected for their dedication and contributions.”

Unity, which is used in popular games such as Fall Guys and Pokémon Go, is just one of the major game companies that have seen layoffs over the past year. Epic Games, EA, Naughty Dog and many other developers have announced job cuts affecting more than 9,000 people in the industry in 2023.

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