Blizzard Employees Paid Minimum Wage, Executives Paid Millions

Andrew Cummings
August 6, 2020

The video game industry has been facing quite a few problems recently, from harassment and abuse allegations against execs and popular streamers to the long-overdue problem with wage disparity in the industry.

Earlier in the week, Blizzard employees compiled an anonymous spreadsheet to share their compensation from Blizzard, which, according to Bloomberg, showed that most of the recent raises fell significantly lower than most employees were expecting after the study.

A 2019 survey conducted by Blizzard found more than 50% were unhappy about their pay, per the report.

Employees at Blizzard Entertainment are reportedly sharing their salaries and pay increases, in a bid to make their growing dissatisfaction with the disparity in wages at the company known. "We are constantly examining payment philosophies to improved recognize the talent of our maximum performers and hold us competitive in the field, all with the goal of fulfilling and investing extra in top rated workforce".

In a capitalistic society-and especially in the US -people expect companies to grossly overpay its executives while underpaying most of its staff. The list was compiled and discussed in a communication channel on Blizzard's Slack with more than 870 members.

Following a story by Bloomberg on Monday, several current and former Activision Blizzard employees, who requested anonymity over fears of losing their jobs or harming their careers, said the company pays far less than competitors.

Several employees also said they would routinely skip meals in some form because they needed to pay rent or couldn't buy food at the company's cafeteria. While some employees barely make ends meet and have to skip meals, executives receive millions in compensation.

Some producers and engineers do make over $100,000 a year at Activision Blizzard, with the company CEO Bobby Kotick famously getting $40 million in compensation last year.

The report also alleges that layoffs in February 2019 left remaining staff with additional responsibilities, but they were not compensated with additional pay.

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