Some Blizzard Employees 'Struggling to Make Ends Meet' In New Report

Daniel Fowler
August 6, 2020

Some Blizzard producers and engineers have annual salaries above $100,000 but other workers like video-game testers and customer-service representatives say they earn minimum wage (or close to minimum wage), according to the self-reported compensation info reviewed by Bloomberg.

The document was floated in response to what employees saw as the sluggish response to an internal inquiry conducted by Blizzard in 2019, which allegedly revealed that more than half of the company's staff were dissatified with their salary.

Hundreds of employees at Blizzard Entertainment, the video game developer behind Diablo and Overwatch, are using the company's Slack network to organize a list of workplace requests, including fair pay and increased sick time.

"Our intention has normally been to ensure we compensate our workforce reasonably and competitively", Taylor explained.

Many of Blizzard's employees were candid about what they were making, and according to a report by Bleeding Cool, many of their past employees said that they have never received any raise from the company until they had left to go work for another.

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Blizzard employees recently circulated a salary document that highlighted vast disparities in the company, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday morning.

By now, the anonymous spreadsheet has made its way throughout every department in the Irvine-based company. This was followed by employees stating they were, "struggling to make ends meet".

Meanwhile, the company's year-over-year revenue has grown, and its CEO Bobby Kotick enjoyed compensation in the $40 million range, while its new chief financial officer was awarded $15 million through stocks and a sign-on bonus.

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. Several employees expressed disappointment to Bloomberg that the internal debate in the last week over compensation was not addressed with investors.

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