Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive hit with layoffs
Update: Behaviour has now confirmed the layoffs in a statement to Kotaku.
- "Recently, changing market conditions necessitated adjusting the scope of several Behaviour projects. In these situations, our preference is always to reassign talent to other projects. Unfortunately, this option is not always available to us. These departures represented less than 3% of our total workforce."
Behaviour Interactive, best known for Dead by Daylight, reportedly underwent a round of layoffs last week.
As reported by Kotaku, sources have claimed that the developer laid off approximately 45 employees from its Montreal office across multiple departments. The layoffs are said to have begun in December but were finalized last week.
Behaviour has yet to respond to Kotaku's request for comment on the layoffs, but at least one affected former employee has already posted about the situation on LinkedIn.
In just the first three weeks of 2024, thousands of employees have been laid off at companies of all sizes. According to Farhan Noor's videogameslayoffs.com, Unity has had the largest cuts so far, with 1,800 jobs lost, while Embracer Group's restructuring program has continued to affect its many subsidiaries, with three of its studios facing layoffs.
Other recent industry layoffs:
Swedish holding firm Thunderful Group has announced the layoff of 20% of its workforce, or about 100 employees. It is currently unknown which of its businesses have been directly impacted.
Discord has laid off 17% of its workforce after admitting to having increased its headcount too quickly in recent years.
Live streaming platform Twitch has confirmed that around 500 employees were laid off last week, equal to 35% of its workforce.