I tried interviewing there recently for a programmer position, the things I’ve heard about the codebase from other developers are not good. I was curious when they’d move to Unity for things, and I guess we have that answer. The recruiter I talked to boasted that the company never had layoffs, but I guess they can’t brag about it anymore.
I personally know someone at the company who is a programmer, so I’m very worried for them.
I was also laid off as a developer 2 months ago, with each layoff the labor pool gets people with more experience than I applying for the same positions and I have to compete.
It’s hard, I worked at a studio that at one time had a top 100 grossing IOS game, and 2 years later shuttered. my last 2 jobs have lasted only 6 months before a sudden layoff swept it all way. I, and many of these other workers, have highly specialized skills and talents that take years to build, and the stamina to ship products of protracted years of crunch and development.
The industry is going to have to unionize at some point to remain viable. When that will happen is anyone’s guess, it’s something everyone wants, I feel like if there were a few figureheads that would organize it, it would be easy to have everyone else join. the IDGA and ESA are essentially worthless for labor protection and advocacy.
In the mean time, Loot Crates