As early as 2019, an internal study indicated that the wages of employees at Blizzard were not satisfactory. The company then vowed to improve. According to Blizzard, remuneration should be fair and in line with the company's competitiveness. But the employees are dissatisfied. Because the wage increases are lower than expected.
The well-known developer studio Blizzard Entertainment, which is known by almost all gamers, among others through Diablo and World of Warcraft, is currently in a bad light when it comes to the remuneration of its employees. Because the promised wage increases are much lower than the employees expected. According to Blizzard, the salary adjustments have been completed since July. However, as an anonymous payroll shows, employees are still disappointed. Because most increases are below the ten percent mark – much less than parts of the staff had expected.
Blizzard tries to defend itself because the company's best employees are said to have received a wage increase that has increased by more than 20 percent compared to previous years. In contrast, deserve loud Bloomberg News some video game testers and customer service representatives only pay the minimum wage. The top earners of the parent company Activision Blizzard are also criticized. For example, Dennis Durkin, Chief Financial Officer who signed his contract last year, received $ 15 million in grants.
Activision Blizzard has been criticized for its precarious working conditions. In 2019, a whopping 800 jobs were cut, which was eight percent of the workforce, even though record profits were also reported. Already in 2018, the subsidiary Blizzard was criticized on the company ratings page Glassdoor because of the low salaries.
Source: Bloomberg News
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