The tech and gaming industries saw a dispiriting number of layoffs in 2023 and unfortunately, 2024 is so far off to just as grim of a start. Sometimes our team finds themselves covering multiple layoffs in a week, or even a single business day. To keep track of it all — and possibly paint a picture of where the wider industry is headed — we've compiled all the major layoffs in one place and will continue to update this story as more companies make cuts.
Instacart has cut its workforce by seven percent — about 250 employees. The company announced the layoffs in its fourth-quarter earnings report, in which it showed improved revenue over the same period in 2023.
Mozilla laid off 60 workers, or around five percent of its workforce, just one week after appointing a new CEO. The company plans to "re-prioritize resources towards products like Firefox Mobile, where there’s a significant opportunity to grow and establish a better model for the industry.”
DocuSign slashed its headcount by six percent. Staff in the sales and marketing departments were most heavily affected. Bloomberg notes that the company had 7,336 employees at the end of 2023.
Snap is once again reducing its headcount, this time by another 10 percent, or some 540 workers. The company claimed the layoffs were required to “reduce hierarchy and promote in-person collaboration.”
In February Microsoft imposed layoffs at two of its gaming subsidiaries, cutting 86 jobs at Skylander studio Toys for Bob and 76 jobs at Call of Duty developer Sledgehamer Games.
Networking giant Cisco announced it would be laying off approximately 5 percent of its workforce — more than 4,200 employees — as part of a larger restructuring effort. The company had a total employee count of 84,900 before these cuts.
Electric car maker Rivian announced that it would lay off 10 percent of its salaried workforce after the company lost $1.5 billion in the last quarter of 2023.
Duolingo cut 10 percent of its contractors, and said that it is instead able to use generative AI to accomplish some of the tasks that its human workers used to perform.
Unity laid off 1,800 people, or a quarter of its workforce. This is in addition to more than 1,110 other layoffs at the company over the past two years.
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Amazon-owned Twitch is laying off a sobering 35 percent of its workforce, just over 500 people. In a note to staff, CEO Dan Clancy said "our organization is still meaningfully larger than it needs to be given the size of our business."
On the same day that Amazon-owned Twitch confirmed it would be laying off 500 workers, Variety reported that Amazon itself would lay off "several hundred" people at Prime Video and MGM Studios. Later in January, Amazon also cut 5 percent of the staff behind its Buy with Prime program.
Meta's layoffs are continuing into 2024. The company has reportedly let go 60 technical program managers at Instagram.
In another round of belt tightening, Google has reportedly laid off hundreds of workers in its Assistant and hardware divisions, among other departments. Alongside the cuts, Google is said to have reorganized its Pixel, Nest and Fitbit divisions, which led to Fitbit's co-founders departing the company. Just days later, Google laid off hundreds of workers in its ads business. CEO Sundar Pichai later said in an internal memo that even more cuts would be coming throughout the year, while parent company Alphabet cut dozens of jobs from its X moonshot lab.
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E-commerce giant eBay is reducing its workforce by around 1,000 roles, or roughly 9 percent of its full-time employees. The company also plans to scale back the number of contractors over the coming months.
TikTok confirmed it let go 60 employees, mostly in its sales and advertising division.
Microsoft cut 1,900 jobs across Activision and Blizzard. This marks a bleak beginning to the new year for gaming, with 6,000 layoffs across the industry so far in 2024 alone.
Roomba maker iRobot slashed 31 percent of its workforce following Amazon's decision to terminate its proposed acquisition of the company.
Block reportedly laid off around 1,000 workers, with the Cash App and Square teams among those most heavily affected. CEO Jack Dorsey told staff that Block was becoming a leaner company.
PayPal cut nine percent of its workforce — approximately 2,500 employees — despite reporting strong revenue growth in 2023.
The EV maker is cutting 15 percent of its global workforce, or about 450 jobs.
Sega announced plans to lay off 61 workers in March. The employees are based at two offices in Irvine, California.