The dream of gaining a foothold in the video game industry is often associated with many wishful thinking that are not necessarily true in reality. The development of a computer game in 2023 is still associated with many hardships and imponderables. Anyone who still wants to take the risk must be aware that, according to revelations by the renowned games journalist Jason Schreier, employees in large games studios in particular are often exploited. The so-called “crunch” often goes hand in hand with poor pay.
Job advertisements: Blizzard and EA pay that much
According to Jason Schreier, it has been mandatory in the state of California since January 1, 2023 to always state how much you will earn as an employee in the future when posting a job. However, the publishers of large games such as Diablo 4, FIFA or Call of Duty seem to shy away from providing precise information on how much they actually pay their employees in reality.
Apparently, Blizzard is deliberately vague about how much you earn as a “Senior World Builder” for the fantasy multiplayer hit World of Warcraft. The corresponding job advertisement mentions between 80,800 and 149,400 US dollars that one earns in the USA per year in a comparable position.
Anyone who wants to work at EA as a software developer for Apex Legends can expect to earn between $106,900 and $158,600. This requires, among other things, the programming language LUA and experience in the development of triple-A titles for Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch.
Job Ads: How much does a Call of Duty UI Designer make?
Anyone who has always wanted to work on a part of the Call of Duty shooter series would certainly be at the right address with the Treyarch developer studio. The user interface designer job pays $29.81 to $55.14 per hour. Here, too, one deliberately leaves open how much one is actually willing to pay in the end.
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In addition, with these job offers, there is a prospect of a number of benefits that should actually be taken for granted by a German employee: 15 days of paid vacation, 80 hours of paid sick leave per year, ten weeks of paid parental leave or health insurance. With the rule that salaries must be stated in job advertisements, the legislator apparently wanted to ensure more transparency. This was probably only partially successful.