Unity continues on the current trend of major layoffs among tech companies over the past couple of years.
Unity filed an 8-K to report they plan on cutting 1,800 jobs from the company, which is roughly a fourth of their current workforce.
Their reasoning behind the layoffs is that Unity “restructures and refocuses on its core business,” while positioning itself “for long-term and profitable growth.”
The new layoffs may also be related to Unity’s controversial decisions last year that resulted in major backlash from players and developers alike.
Unity states they can’t estimate the cut costs at this time as this move will cost them as they provide laid off employees with severance, benefits, and other such things during this transition.
Again, this move comes relatively shortly after their controversial policy changes regarding fees for game installs. The backlash was so strong that Unity CEO John Riccitiello retired shortly after with Jim Whitehurst being named interim CEO.
Whether or not these layoffs are related to their recent issues, the layoffs paint a negative light on the public’s perspective for Unity’s future.