All the big tech layoffs of 2024

Amazon, Google and Microsoft are just some of those cutting jobs.

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The tech and gaming industries saw a dispiriting number of layoffs in 2023 and unfortunately, 2024 is so far off to just as grim of a start. Sometimes our team finds themselves covering multiple layoffs in a week, or even a single business day. To keep track of it all — and possibly paint a picture of where the wider industry is headed — we've compiled all the major layoffs in one place and will continue to update this story as more companies make cuts.

April 2024

Amazon Web Services layoffs

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has reportedly cut hundreds of jobs in its Sales, Marketing, and Global Services division and hundreds more on its Physical Stores Technology team. The layoffs in the former are said to center around sales operations and training and certification teams. As for the latter, it aligns with Amazon’s decision (reported a day earlier) to remove its Just Walk Out tech from all of its Fresh grocery stores in the US.

March 2024

Rivian layoffs

Rivian reportedly laid off “about 100” employees at its Normal, IL manufacturing plant. That’s about one percent of the factory’s workforce. It isn’t clear if these layoffs are part of the automaker’s previously announced plans to cut 10 percent of its salaried workers. The cuts come ahead of the company’s R2 compact SUV unveiling.

February 2024

Instacart layoffs

Instacart has cut its workforce by seven percent — about 250 employees. The company announced the layoffs in its fourth-quarter earnings report, in which it showed improved revenue over the same period in 2023.

Mozilla layoffs

Mozilla laid off 60 workers, or around five percent of its workforce, just one week after appointing a new CEO. The company plans to "re-prioritize resources towards products like Firefox Mobile, where there’s a significant opportunity to grow and establish a better model for the industry.” 

DocuSign layoffs

DocuSign slashed its headcount by six percent. Staff in the sales and marketing departments were most heavily affected. Bloomberg notes that the company had 7,336 employees at the end of 2023.

Snap layoffs

Snap is once again reducing its headcount, this time by another 10 percent, or some 540 workers. The company claimed the layoffs were required to “reduce hierarchy and promote in-person collaboration.”

Microsoft layoffs

In February Microsoft imposed layoffs at two of its gaming subsidiaries, cutting 86 jobs at Skylander studio Toys for Bob and 76 jobs at Call of Duty developer Sledgehamer Games.

Cisco layoffs

Networking giant Cisco announced it would be laying off approximately 5 percent of its workforce — more than 4,200 employees — as part of a larger restructuring effort. The company had a total employee count of 84,900 before these cuts.

Rivian layoffs

Electric car maker Rivian announced that it would lay off 10 percent of its salaried workforce after the company lost $1.5 billion in the last quarter of 2023.

January 2024

Duolingo layoffs

Duolingo cut 10 percent of its contractors, and said that it is instead able to use generative AI to accomplish some of the tasks that its human workers used to perform.

Unity layoffs

Unity laid off 1,800 people, or a quarter of its workforce. This is in addition to more than 1,110 other layoffs at the company over the past two years.

Humane AI layoffs

Humane cut 4 percent of its workforce even before its flagship product, the Ai pin, hit the market.

Twitch layoffs

Amazon-owned Twitch is laying off a sobering 35 percent of its workforce, just over 500 people. In a note to staff, CEO Dan Clancy said "our organization is still meaningfully larger than it needs to be given the size of our business."

Amazon layoffs

On the same day that Amazon-owned Twitch confirmed it would be laying off 500 workers, Variety reported that Amazon itself would lay off "several hundred" people at Prime Video and MGM Studios. Later in January, Amazon also cut 5 percent of the staff behind its Buy with Prime program.

Meta layoffs

Meta's layoffs are continuing into 2024. The company has reportedly let go 60 technical program managers at Instagram.

Google layoffs

In another round of belt tightening, Google has reportedly laid off hundreds of workers in its Assistant and hardware divisions, among other departments. Alongside the cuts, Google is said to have reorganized its Pixel, Nest and Fitbit divisions, which led to Fitbit's co-founders departing the company. Just days later, Google laid off hundreds of workers in its ads business. CEO Sundar Pichai later said in an internal memo that even more cuts would be coming throughout the year, while parent company Alphabet cut dozens of jobs from its X moonshot lab.

Discord layoffs

Discord has reportedly laid off 170 workers, or 17 percent of its workforce. In a memo first reported by The Verge, CEO Jason Citron said the company had hired too many people back in 2020.

Riot Games layoffs

Following the gaming industry's crisis level of loss in 2023, Riot Games announced that it laid off 11 percent of its workforce globally, impacting 530 people.

eBay layoffs

E-commerce giant eBay is reducing its workforce by around 1,000 roles, or roughly 9 percent of its full-time employees. The company also plans to scale back the number of contractors over the coming months.

TikTok layoffs

TikTok confirmed it let go 60 employees, mostly in its sales and advertising division.

Microsoft layoffs

Microsoft cut 1,900 jobs across Activision and Blizzard. This marks a bleak beginning to the new year for gaming, with 6,000 layoffs across the industry so far in 2024 alone.

iRobot layoffs

Roomba maker iRobot slashed 31 percent of its workforce following Amazon's decision to terminate its proposed acquisition of the company.

Block layoffs

Block reportedly laid off around 1,000 workers, with the Cash App and Square teams among those most heavily affected. CEO Jack Dorsey told staff that Block was becoming a leaner company.

PayPal layoffs

PayPal cut nine percent of its workforce — approximately 2,500 employees — despite reporting strong revenue growth in 2023.

Polestar layoffs

The EV maker is cutting 15 percent of its global workforce, or about 450 jobs.

Sega layoffs

Sega announced plans to lay off 61 workers in March. The employees are based at two offices in Irvine, California.