Unity lay offs 4% of its global workforce
Unity, the company that created the hugely popular Unity engine, is laying off 4% of its workforce globally, with about 200 employees currently being fired.
Kotaku first reported the incident when Unity had not issued an official notification, and Unity issued a statement to Protocol confirming the layoffs. According to the registration information of the SEC, as of December 31, 2021, Unity had 5,235 registered employees and a total of 54 offices in 21 countries and regions around the world. If calculated according to the ratio of 4%, that is about 200 employees have been laid off.
In a statement, Unity said:
Unity has a statement now confirming the layoffs and also confirming they’re affecting 4% of its workforce, or slightly more than 200 people going off the latest employee count from last year’s SEC 10-K form. pic.twitter.com/T8KfxpKqZt
— Nick Statt (@nickstatt) June 30, 2022
The Kotaku report mentions that about two weeks ago, Unity CEO John Riccitiello told all employees at an all-hands meeting that the company was not in any financial difficulties and would not be making any layoffs. An anonymous person said on Blind, an information exchange platform commonly used by tech employees, that the layoffs are still ongoing, and that almost every office is affected by the layoffs.
The laid-off employees will continue to receive their salary for the next month and can also apply for other open positions at Unity, although Unity is said to have instructed departments to suspend recruitment activities.