Los Angeles – The North American video game industry has shed some 6,300 jobs since July 2008, while the total number of professionals worldwide in the field has decreased by 8,450, Gamasutra reported.
The article cited Game Developer Research’s 2008 Game Developer Census, which counted 54,000 game industry workers in North America last year, then took into account multiple game development studio closures, and calculated that 12% of North America’s game industry professionals have been laid off in the past year.
"There is a silver lining here," noted report author Wanda Meloni.
"These layoffs have provided a shift in the industry. Most notably it has motivated change. People are looking ‘outside the box’, contemplating new business models, production models, and distribution models… they are part of what I am calling the Gaming Renaissance Movement."