According to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014 (PDF), layoffs were on the rise in 2013. This is in contrast to prior years where the number remained slightly down or close to flat. Around 14 percent of developers surveyed said they were laid off in 2013. That's up slightly by two percent from 2012.
Of those developers who said they were laid off in 2013, around 59 percent indicated that they eventually found new employment at a game studio or publisher. The next most popular post-layoff move for developers was to go into consulting, with 22 percent choosing that path – up from 16 percent in 2012. Sixteen percent moved into indie game development scene (up 2 percent from 2012), while 10 percent said they still haven’t found new work in the game industry since they were laid off (down 2 percent).
Gamasutra's report also notes that the most popular ways to find a job in 2013 for those affected by layoffs were through referrals (28 percent), job postings (18 percent), being recruited directly by a company (12 percent), and sending in a resume (12 percent).