When a company is forced to conduct layoffs, many workers will find themselves out of a job and in search of employment opportunities. Luckily for those with the right skills, a firm that was once an industry competitor could turn into a brand-new employer.

In one recent case, some of those who lost their jobs as a result of Zygna’s ongoing struggles have been hired by Electronic Arts, another video game maker. The Los Angeles Times reports that after the social-gaming company experienced significant losses and cut staff levels, EA quickly brought them on board. In an interview with the source, EA’s executive vice president of human resources, Gabrielle Toledano, said that despite the setbacks, skilled workers from Zynga would be able to find work.

"Zynga people have good skills and experience,"  Toledano told the newspaper. "They'll have no trouble finding jobs elsewhere in the game industry."

The video game industry overall has experienced some tough times as of late. A report from the NDP Group found that sales during August fell 20 percent compared to the same time last year.  Part of the reason for lower numbers for retailers is due to the fact that more people are going online in order to purchase games, instead of to brick-and-mortar locations.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork.

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