Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight

Dead by Daylight Creator Behaviour announces 2nd round of layoffs

What To Know

  • The company, famous for its popular game Dead by Daylight, is letting go of up to 95 employees, with 70 of these layoffs happening in Montreal.
  • Despite the layoffs, the company reassured that the development of Dead by Daylight and its service business would remain unaffected.
  • The company explained that intense competition in the gaming industry has forced it to focus on its core strengths, leading to the restructuring and subsequent layoffs.
  • So far this year, an estimated 10,300 layoffs have been reported in the video game sector, close to the total of 10,500 layoffs seen in 2023.

For the second time this year, Behaviour Interactive has announced a round of layoffs. The company, famous for its popular game Dead by Daylight, is letting go of up to 95 employees, with 70 of these layoffs happening in Montreal. Behaviour Interactive also has studios in Toronto, Seattle, the UK, and the Netherlands. Earlier in January, the company cut 45 jobs.

In a press release, Behaviour Interactive highlighted its significant growth over the past five years, expanding from 575 to 1,300 employees. This growth was driven by the success of Dead by Daylight and its service business, which partners with global industry leaders to develop top-quality titles.

Despite the layoffs, the company reassured that the development of Dead by Daylight and its service business would remain unaffected. The company explained that intense competition in the gaming industry has forced it to focus on its core strengths, leading to the restructuring and subsequent layoffs.

Behaviour Interactive will continue to concentrate on horror games and its work with development partners. Additionally, the company mentioned exploring “the possibilities of location-based entertainment,” but did not provide further details.

This announcement deals another blow to Montreal’s gaming sector. Just a day before, Avalanche Studios, the creator of Just Cause, closed its Montreal and New York studios, laying off 50 employees. Avalanche had only opened its Montreal office in October after acquiring Monster Closet Games.

The gaming industry is currently facing significant challenges. So far this year, an estimated 10,300 layoffs have been reported in the video game sector, close to the total of 10,500 layoffs seen in 2023.