Blizzard Employees Paid Minimum Wage, Executives Paid Millions

Blizzard Employees Paid Minimum Wage, Executives Paid Millions

This was done in an attempt to illustrate the wage disparities at the company.

Employees of Blizzard, developers behind World of Warcraft, have started sharing around a spreadsheet which contains salaries, pay increases, and more in a new report by Bloomberg.

To answer their staff and to ensure fair pay, the company promised its staff that they would be making a study, according to people familiar with the situation, and the results were published last month.

Schreier also notes employees were unhappy that the higher-ups at Blizzard did not bring up the internal debates going on during Tuesday's second-quarter 2020 revenue report with investors. While some employees barely make ends meet and have to skip meals, executives receive millions in compensation. Blizzard reportedly pays less than many other studios, with some Blizzard employees paid less than $40,000 annually. Bloomberg News says that one Blizzard employee received a raise of less than 50 cents an hour.


Some workers in higher positions have salaries in the six-figure range and were given bonuses over 20%. Still, employees in roles such as quality assurance testing and customer-service make minimum wage or close to it. The average monthly cost to rent property in Irvine, California, where the company's headquarters is located, is almost $2,500.

In June, a pro-labor investor in Activision Blizzard, CtW Investment Group, launched a campaign to urge shareholders to reject the CEO Bobby Kotick's $30 million compensation package after the company enacted broad layoffs a year ago across all divisions including Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard laid off hundreds and requested remaining employees to select up the slack after the firings. In Activision's earnings call on Tuesday, it was revealed revenue was up almost 40% from previous year.

Some staff that haven't left have taken drastic cost-cutting measures, including not eating lunch, over-caffeinating to suppress their appetite, and even giving up plans to have children.

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