Layoffs aren’t easy to comprehend or even swallow by any means. To some, it simply reads as “you were expendable, so we let you go” in order to keep their companies going. For some, that’s exactly how today’s news felt for those both affected and left unaffected. But, there are developers reaching out to those looking for jobs and here’s everything we know.
Today’s news has been rough for hundreds of former Activision Blizzard staffers that came into work knowing their jobs were coming to an end. Among the news, Activision Blizzard’s stocks began to rebound as their internal restructuring efforts continue to move forward for the time being.
However, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. In the Twitterverse, developers have been reaching out, and even members of the community have begun to do so as well. The person in charge of this movement is Jennifer Scheurle, lead game designer at ArenaNet, and a renowned member of the gaming industry in her efforts to help those affected by job cuts in the industry over the years.
Her tweet above wasn’t unheard as developers from around the world have begun to post their job listings for those affected. If you’re one of those people hit with the layoffs, there are jobs on the market and plenty of them ranging from independent studios to major names such as Rockstar Games, SIE, Bethesda Zenimax, Digital Extremes, Hi-Rez Studios, ArenaNet, and many more. Here a few of the tweets to help you get started:
If you are affected, we highly suggest that you give here a follow as she’s retweeting game dev, PR, and marketing jobs as they are announced. Our hearts go out to those affected by today’s late-breaking news and hope they recover swiftly.
Update: 2/12/2019 – 7:39 PM CT
As the list continues to grow, we’d like to continue sharing the job opportunities that are opening up. Among the news comes a useful sheet that has compiled available jobs today. Please note, that the list is borrowed from this Google Doc generated by Mitch Dyer (EA Motive) and voice actress and Streamer Undrea.
You can see just a few of the jobs below as well as their links. Please note this list is not by us and is pulled directly from Mitch Dyer and Undrea’s document (link above):
- 11 Bit Studios – Warsaw, Poland – http://www.11bitstudios.com/jobs/
- 2K – Northern California – https://www.2k.com/jobs
- 2K – Vegas – http://bit.ly/2K-Vegas-Careers
- 343 Industries – Redmond, WA – https://www.343industries.com/careers
- 505 Games – Calabasas, CA – http://505games.com/careers
- Amazon Games Studios – Multiple locations – http://bit.ly/AGS-Careers
- Amplitude Studios – Paris, France – https://www.amplitude-studios.com/careers
- Antimatter Games – Falmouth, Cornwall – http://bit.ly/AntimatterGames-Jobs
- Apple – Cupertino, CA – https://jobs.apple.com/us/
- ArenaNet – Bellevue, WA – https://www.indeed.com/q-Arenanet-jobs.html
- Bend Studio – Bend, Oregon – https://bendstudio.com/careers/
- Bethesda Softworks – Rockville, MD – https://jobs.zenimax.com/locations/view/4
- Big Fish Games – Seattle (HQ) & Oakland, CA – https://www.bigfishgames.com/careers/
- Big Huge Games – Baltimore, MD – http://bighugegames.com/#jobs
- Big Red Button Entertainment – El Segundo, CAL – http://brbent.com/
- BioWare – Austin, TX & Edmonton, Ab – bioware.com/careers/#current-openings
- CCP Games – Multiple locations – https://www.ccpgames.com/careers/portal/
- CD PROJEKT RED – Warsaw/Krakow – http://en.cdprojektred.com/jobs/
- Certain Affinity – Austin, TX – http://www.certainaffinity.com/career/
- Citadelstudios – http://citadelstudios.net/?page_id=2179
- City State Games – Kirkland, WA & Fairfax, VA – http://citystateentertainment.com/hire/
- Cloud Imperium Games – LA/UK & DE – https://cloudimperiumgames.com/jobs
- Coatsink – Sunderland, England – https://coatsink.com/jobs/
- Daybreak Games – San Diego, CA – https://www.daybreakgames.com/careers
- Deck Nine Games – Westminster, CO – http://deckninegames.com/Careers/
- Defiant Studios – New York, NY – https://www.defiant.nyc/
- Demiurge Studios – Cambridge, MA – https://www.demiurgestudios.com/careers
- Devoted – Palo Alto, CA & Boston, MA – https://jobs.lever.co/devoted/
- DICE – Stockholm, Sweden – http://www.dice.se/jobs/
- Digital Extremes – Ontario, Canada & CA – http://bit.ly/DigitalExtremes
Update #2: 2/13/2019 – 11:45 PM CT
Along with jobs at various studios across the world, there are plenty more revealing about the positions they have begun to open, giving even more opportunities for those affected by today’s news. Here are some more opportunities for you to look into.
More importantly, if you are a developer, publisher, studio, or the likes, here’s a few ladies looking for a job and offer a wide array of skill and talent.
While these are only a handful of resources to help those affected find a job, we highly suggest giving it a chance in order to find a new place to work.
About the Writer(s):
Dustin is our native console gamer, PlayStation and Nintendo reviewer who has an appetite for anything that crosses the borders from across the big pond. His interest in JRPG’s, Anime, Handheld Gaming, and Pizza is insatiable. His elitist attitude gives him direction, want, and a need for the hardest difficulties in games, which is fun to watch, and hilarity at its finest. You can find him over on Twitter or Facebook.