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The Human Cost Of Layoffs | Spot On

2023 has been one of the greatest years for video games, but one of the absolute worst for the industry. With over 6000 layoffs this year alone, Tam and Lucy discuss the human cost.

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2023 has been a rollercoaster for many reasons, but the video game industry in particular has hit some soaring highs and real tragic lows. This year has been fantastic for game releases in terms of quality, as we've had incredible experience across all platforms, from big-budget blockbusters and fascinating role-playing games to thoughtful, innovative indie titles. At the same time, however, the business of video games has been harsher than ever, with layoffs impacting many developers and studios.

It's easy to lose sight of the broader and lasting impact that this can have on the health of the video game industry, especially when so much of it is discussed in terms of business factors. On this episode of Spot On, Lucy and Tamoor talk about what's going on in the industry as it pertains to layoffs, but they focus on the human element, what it does to people, and how it could result in hurting the industry long-term.

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Spot on is GameSpot’s weekly premium news show, featuring two of GameSpot's most trusted and beloved personalities, Managing Editor Tamoor Hussain and Senior Producer Lucy James, discuss and debate the week's most important story in gaming.