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news • 14 March 2024

Standing with those affected

In 2024, the gaming industry in the UK is projected to generate £6.83bn (Statista, 14/03/24). With that in mind, the most recent lay-offs have caused uncertainty and concerns amongst students, colleagues, peers, and everyone looking for employment. Lay-offs are without doubt a challenging aspect of any industry, and it is normal to feel anxious about what the future holds. However, Escape Studios want to take a moment to reassure that despite these challenging times and setbacks, there is still an abundance of opportunities and possibilities awaiting talented individuals.  

While lay-offs may seem discouraging, they often pave the way for new beginnings and fresh perspectives. In these times, it is essential to remember that the gaming industry is dynamic and ever evolving. New projects, studios, and opportunities emerge regularly, presenting chances for growth and advancement. 

Below we share some advice for these challenging times: 

  1. Take Care of Yourself: Hearing about lay-offs or losing a job yourself can be emotional. Allow yourself to take the time to process your feelings and reach out to friends, family, or support groups if needed. Self-care in these times is crucial.

  2. Update Your CV and Portfolio: Make sure your CV includes your most recent experiences and achievements. If applicable, revise your portfolio to display your most up to date skills and projects.  

  3. Network: You are not alone! Reach out to colleagues, industry contacts, and peers for support and potential job opportunities. Attend industry events, webinars, and virtual meetups to expand your network and stay connected to the industry. One opportunity to network with recruiters is the upcoming VFX Festival on the 3rd and 4th of June 2024 at BFI IMAX, Waterloo in London. For more information, please visit here and sign-up to our VFX Newsletter to stay up-to-date.

  4. Explore New Opportunities: Sign-up to industry newsletters, consider new roles, or freelance projects that align with your previous experience, skills, and interests. You may be able to use your current skill set in new creative outlets. Proficiency in relevant software, digital tools and technical systems is increasingly important in today’s workplace and applicable in a variety of roles and positions. Transferable skills provide flexibility, marketability and resilience, enabling to adapt to changing circumstances.  

  5. Upskill and Learn: Use the time to invest in your professional development. Explore courses, workshops, and certifications to enhance skills or learn new technologies and tools.   

In times of uncertainty, it is crucial to lean on the support of your peers, mentors, and the broader community. Setbacks are temporary, but passion, creativity, and determination are enduring.  

We hope you stay strong, stay inspired, and never lose sight of your dreams.