Epic Games, the North Carolina-based studio behind Fortnite and Unreal Engine, has suffered a significant wave of layoffs.
As Bloomberg first reported, Epic Games is laying off 830 employees, or around 16 percent of its workforce. Epic Games shared a memo that CEO Tim Sweeney sent to employees in a new blog post.
Separately, Epic is “divesting” music services platform Bandcamp and will spin off most of SuperAwesome, a child-safe technology company. Both were acquired by Epic Games in 2022 and 2020 respectively. The Bandcamp and SuperAwesome divestitures mean around 250 people are leaving Epic.
You can read the full memo below.
Meanwhile, several employees of Epic-owned Mediatonic, the developer of Fall Guys, have announced on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that they have been laid off as part of the layoffs.
So yeah, it looks like I’m going to be fired. If anyone has any level design roles, I would really appreciate any pointers or connections ♥️
— Max Boyle 🏳️🌈 (@BoyleInThe_Bag) September 28, 2023
Unfortunately, today I am one of the people affected by the layoffs at Epic. I am absolutely devastated to leave behind so many amazing Mediatonic colleagues that I loved.
So: the job search begins! If you need an experienced writer or narrative designer, please contact us 🙂
– Ed Fear (@edfear) September 28, 2023
Hello! I am one of the lucky people affected by layoffs 🙂 I am looking for positions in design/level design (I have experience in both areas). If anyone has connections/links/recommendations I would be grateful
– Dorian ❄️ (@doriandotexe) September 28, 2023
Hello everyone! As you’ve probably already seen, I’m now looking for work! My expertise lies in Quality Assurance Engineer, Automation and SDET based roles. Please contact me if you have any openings for me!
— Adrian Bennett (@Volks42) September 28, 2023
Unfortunately, I am one of the unlucky people affected by the layoffs at Epic today.
If anyone is looking for an experienced art lead or generalist, ideally for stylized games, please give me a call ❤️🙏
— Stef (@stefscribbles) September 28, 2023
Founded in 1991, Epic Games is best known for developing the Unreal Engine and developing a long list of games including Unreal, the first four entries in the Gears of War series, and most notably the free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite .
Fortnite in particular has become an extremely profitable game for Epic. In 2021, Fortnite was reported to have generated $9 billion in two years and had 400 million registered users at the time.
News of the layoffs comes a day after Epic announced a price increase for Fortnite V-Bucks, and just weeks after Epic’s chief Fortnite architect Donald Mustard announced his resignation. Charlie Wen, a Marvel veteran who helped create God of War protagonist Kratos, will take his place.
Epic Games has been embroiled in a legal battle with tech giants Apple and Google. However, Epic lost the case in 2021 as the ruling was upheld by the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit earlier this year. Epic recently asked the US Supreme Court to weigh in on the antitrust case.
Taylor is a reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.