Following the recent announcement of layoffs at Bioware, 38 Studios and the possible health insurance problems, the IGDA wants to provide a few avenues where people can go for help with their individual situation.
What Happens Next?
The video game developer community is very close with one another. When developers get laid off, they often turn to their professional network for help, advice and support. If you become laid off, we suggest turning to your local IGDA Chapter and attending their regularly scheduled meetings. Not only are the chapters a great place to meet people, but they often involve speakers or discussions on professional development.
We also found a few great articles that we suggest reading if you are trying to figure out what your next moves should be.
Unemployment insurance provides benefits to persons who are unemployed through no fault of their own and who are ready, willing and able to work, and actively seeking work.
The Division of Unemployment Insurance is committed to providing quality, accurate, courteous and dependable service to claimants and employers in a secure and confidential environment that demands accountability, integrity and fairness.
We’ve listed the websites where you can go to get more information about unemployment insurance in your State.
IGDA Health Insurance Resources
The IGDA is happy to extend the health care program normally reserved for our members to those affected by recent layoffs. If you want to explore the options available to you, please complete the IGDA Individual Census form and send it back via fax or email. Our partners at Association Pros will then be in contact with you to discuss your options. If you would like to contact the Association Pros in the mean time, we’ve gone ahead and listed their contact information below.
Phone: (888) 450-3040
Fax: (913) 341-2803
Major Job Boards
- Boston Post Mortem
- Game Jobs
- Game Job Hunter
- Interactive Selection
- Game Guzzler
- Develop Online
- Edge Job Board
Companies Who Are Hiring
The video game developer community is proactive when it comes to helping share news of new jobs. Here are a few hashtags we’ve noticed that share news of recent job openings:
There’s also a Google Doc going around tracking all the companies who are currently hiring. Check it out here and see if there’s anything you are interested in!
We understand how stressful being laid off can be. It can lead to uncertainty in life and cause depression. We suggest that anyone who feels like they need someone to talk to someone does so immediately. Below are links to counselors in the States of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas. For the full lists, please go to the NBCC website and search for your State.