Regret leaving the game industry?

Jan 10 20 Comments

13 months ago I left the game industry to work at Amazon on non-game software. Now I’m getting PIP’d out of Amazon.

I’m not sure what to feel or what to do next. Has anyone been in a similar situation? Was it a mistake to leave?

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  • Scientific Games MetaMind
    Been PIP'd for stupid political reasons before and survived. If you want to stay, just do your best to hang on and reset expectations. Sometimes non game companies don't understand how self taught and adaptable game devs are and don't want to wait to see you adjust. Definitely start looking either way.
    7d 0
  • Activision Blizzard / Eng
    OZJEKQ

    Activision Blizzard Eng

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    Amazon
    OZJEKQmore
    Let's swap places because I'm regretting leaving Amazon.
    5d 7
    • Activision Blizzard Fadedout
      Game team, bnet or what?
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    • Activision Blizzard / Eng
      OZJEKQ

      Activision Blizzard Eng

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      Amazon
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      Bnet
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    • Google LIdc75
      Bnet is a shithole. Transfer out to a game team.
      4d
    • Activision Blizzard Fadedout
      Ya. Exactly.
      3d
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng
      OZJEKQ

      Activision Blizzard Eng

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      😭
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  • Unity YDjH71
    Yes, happened to me. I regretted it. I'm at Unity now, much better.
    5d 0
  • Scientific Games MetaMind
    I left the industry twice and regretted both times. First was to get a much needed raise and sane hours so I could actually spend time with my new son. Second was during the last recession that started with a layoff, and I found gambling companies to be more stable, less hit driven. I have been stuck in it for 10 years now, and I have been pigeonholed as a gambling game dev by the game industry despite 20 years in console and PC games. I do miss video games.
    7d 0
  • Google Los Gatos
    Reason for being PIPed?
    Jan 10 2
    • Amazon BritishRaj
      OP
      Stack ranking? Bad manager? I didn’t work the required 60 hours a week? Not really sure.
      Jan 10
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng newrandom
      How can you honestly not know? I mean, maybe you don't know the "real" reason but what reason were you given?

      Not trying to be facetious, I'm genuinely curious if they straight up don't tell you at Amazon.
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  • Roblox bingoboing
    Roblox is hiring like crazy! DM me for more information.
    5d 1
    • Activision Blizzard Fadedout
      Curious, what’s your favorite Roblox game?
      4d
  • EA / Eng
    null@

    EA Eng

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    Intuit, Blackberry
    null@more
    Not really. It could be good for sometimes, but not for most of time of your career as you thoughts.
    5d 0
  • IBM WBaM71
    You can always go back to work at gaming industry right?
    6d 0
  • Autodesk cargocult
    I think it really depends on what company outside of game dev you're leaving for. Most problem domains would feel boring after game dev but there are definitely exceptions and experience in game dev may help you find these more interesting opportunities, e.g. VFX studios, real-time systems, system programming, AR/VR.
    7d 0
  • Activision Blizzard Fadedout
    Where’d you work before?
    Jan 10 0

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