Gaming company compensation mega thread!!

EA pCWT75
Jun 11 210 Comments

One of these was made on our channel and I was hoping to make one with other gaming companies/people in gaming.

Comment your role, YOE, location, and any other forms of compensation (RSU,bonus etc)

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TOP 210 Comments
  • Twitch schamwow
    L6 SDE, 6 YOE, SF, 330k TC
    Jun 11 8
    • Microsoft dugdig
      Is Twitch really a “game company”? Isn’t that like saying YouTube is a game company too?
      Jun 11
    • Google / Eng caniretire
      Doesn't Amazon own Twitch?
      Jun 11
    • Uber ctMd71
      Is ESPN a sports company?
      7d
    • Lyft / Eng
      deezenuts

      Lyft Eng

      PRE
      Google
      deezenutsmore
      Does jet fuel melt steel beams?
      7d
    • Activision Blizzard 86753on
      Amazon owns Twitch but it is still mostly run as a stand-alone. They don’t even have the same company values.
      7d
    • Apple toooooo
      Still, doesn’t Twitch pay on Amazon’s scale? Don’t think Twitch TCs don’t translate to game dev TCs.
      7d
    • New / Product
      Silvyas

      New Product

      PRE
      Lyft
      Silvyasmore
      This guy is just flexing on the ppl actually in the games industry
      7d
    • New / Eng
      agsagsags

      New Eng

      BIO
      AGS
      agsagsagsmore
      All of amazon game studios pays normal amazon levels. I’m L6 in Seattle making 325k on a game team.
      7d
  • EA / Design mgJH31
    Bay Area
    Design
    12 YOE
    $126k no stock or other comp
    fuck this industry
    Jun 11 3
    • Microsoft dugdig
      That 3yoe EA guy above is making more than you.
      Jun 11
    • EA / Design mgJH31
      Welcome to being not an SWE in the bay.
      Jun 11
    • Twitch kTChf7t
      Yikes
      Jun 12
  • Facebook That Zucks
    Woah, this is quite the thread
    Jun 11 2
    • Box / Eng Aaaaaaand1
      You're not thinking fourth-dimensionally.
      7d
    • Airbnb / Eng trgcbi
      There are 131 replies. Not enough for you sweetie?
      7d
  • Microsoft e3Gf7
    how much do people who design and program game engines make? this is the kind of programming that puts all other leetcodes to shame. where are todays carmacks and sweeneys?
    7d 8
    • Microsoft dugdig
      I think “game engine” is the wrong term to use now. Most engineers are working on the engine, that should have some tools exposed for design to iterate their design on.
      7d
    • Nvidia
      420_Blaze

      Nvidia

      BIO
      BlazeMaster 10K
      420_Blazemore
      Game Engine as the wrong term now? I've never heard of anything else or heard anybody call it something else.
      7d
    • Snapchat gqkO66
      Senior Rendering Engine devs don’t really ever come onto the market, but when they do it’s “match whatever this fintech company is willing to pay me”
      Also rendering engine dev has little to do with leetcode, hardcore rendering optimizations start to look like OS kernel optimizations
      7d
    • Facebook khIU05
      I actually feel kinda bad that I only change button colors and make more money than those people
      7d
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

      PRE
      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      ^ LMAO
      7d
    • Microsoft Chock-Full
      @khlU05 your team hiring?
      7d
    • Verizon / Eng IWorkAtFB
      Lolol button colors. Can we replace half the fucks on here with people like khlU05 that submit comments that make scrolling through here worth it?
      4d
    • Facebook khIU05
      I guess Blind needs an eng like me to change the color of good comments 😂
      4d
  • New CJcv16
    Hot mega thread! Seriously though, just read the rest of Blind and divide all TC numbers by 5, you get the game industry
    Jun 11 0
  • Activision Blizzard iAWk2E
    Blizzard SWE 120k 3YOE, SoCal
    Jun 11 1
    • Argo AI UWCA
      We should chat.
      7d
  • Activision Blizzard SoL7
    12yoe, PM, 350k
    Jun 11 4
    • Databricks / Data
      data4u

      Databricks Data

      PRE
      500 Startups
      data4umore
      What, how?
      7d
    • Target / Eng
      oXEK85

      Target Eng

      BIO
      🐼
      oXEK85more
      1 yoe, janitor, 420k, 0k RSU / 69 months
      7d
    • Not with that title
      7d
    • Splunk / Eng it’ssimple
      Blind multiplier. A lot of janitorial SWE jobs pay well anyway.
      6d
  • Microsoft dugdig
    4 posts in and still no numbers. Says a lot about TC in the games industry. Little to nothing.
    Jun 11 1
    • EnvisionRxOptions / Finance fCNy78
      All the AAA game devs are too busy looking for new ways to disappoint us.
      Jun 11
  • Niantic / Eng oren
    L4 SWE, 2 YOE, SF
    $148.5k base
    10% target bonus
    $20k signing
    $180k/4 options

    OP where's your numbers 👀
    Jun 11 9
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      That's not bad for 2 yoe!! I'm pretty surprised!
      7d
    • Microsoft / Eng 🌆blood
      PoGo is making so much money that they can afford this
      7d
    • Snapchat redsocks
      Oren can I DM you about Niantic 👀
      7d
    • Oracle / Data bendy
      Plus niantic is owned by google so I am hoping they would comp appropriately
      7d
    • Cox Automotive Fake-name
      Do they make your options vest only after walking a certain number of steps?
      7d
    • Argo AI UWCA
      Come join self-driving!
      7d
    • Bendy: no they aren’t
      7d
    • New / Product
      Silvyas

      New Product

      PRE
      Lyft
      Silvyasmore
      Niantic spun out of Google, their TC/structure isn’t like Google’s at all
      7d
    • Apple lithiumbat
      Niantic is trash tbh
      6d
  • Riot Games WNzBC4
    LA, PM, 4YOE, 140k
    Jun 11 0
  • EA Mk55hd
    Man and I thought I was poorly compensated. Holly shit why do you accept these salaries where there are hundreds of other companies out there who would happily hire you for way more $$ - And don't tell me it's because passion for games unless you are just out of school.
    Jun 12 9
    • EA Mk55hd
      specially those who don't work on a game studio
      Jun 12
    • Niantic / Eng oren
      I think I'm pretty fairly compensated, what's your comp?
      Jun 12
    • EA Mk55hd
      higher than any of the ones posted here (except one), and I am in a low cost of living area
      Jun 12
    • EA / Design mgJH31
      I’ve found that, when I actually start talking to any hiring manager outside gaming, it’s difficult to translate my specific experience and type of design to non-gaming processes and products.
      Jun 12
    • EA Mk55hd
      yeah design for sure it's different. I was referring more to software devs
      Jun 12
    • Some people care more about games and loving their job than they care about money.
      7d
    • Riot Games Ritoplzz
      What kind of design is less transferrable? I assume you are talking about game design. I feel like for UI or UX designers the skillset is the same
      7d
    • EA / Design mgJH31
      Nope, UI is a totally different beast in console game design vs app/web design. Not even the same language.
      3d
    • Amazon hydfb
      Generally speaking game design and game programming is more complex than the non game development, so you'll do fine
      2d
  • SF, PM, 6YOE, 95K +30K RSUs
    Jun 11 6
    • how do you survive in sf with that tc
      7d
    • Microsoft bbbbbb1
      This is not true
      7d
    • Airbnb bel0ng
      Do game companies have PMs? Thought it was producers
      7d
    • Activision Blizzard 86753on
      They all have producers.
      Some also have PMs.
      7d
    • This is a Program Manager role. So similar to a Producer line, not a Product Manager. I'm not in Engineering, I'm in Live Services.
      7d
    • Also my SO makes more money than me and we live don't live in SF.
      7d
  • EA / Eng IT 🎈
    EA Headquarters in Redwood Shores
    SWE (SE3)
    13YoE
    $138k Base
    20% Bonus Target ($20k this year)
    No RSUs or other comp
    No promotion in 8 years
    Jun 12 4
    • EA QfdF28
      Same, but in Orlando and making $104k base.
      Jun 12
    • Kasardia / Eng CLQ
      Why you no look for other employer?
      7d
    • AnchorFree 🍪 cookie
      How does it work in the game industry, I don't get it, what keeps people from going to work 10 miles away and tripling the TC by doing that?
      Do they let you guys play half day - work half day? (so it's the wlb perks or what?)
      3d
    • It's terrible they don't really reward experience in the company or even in the industry.

      I know for me personally it saves me a ton of time to be working with someone who has been around a while. Some of it's experience, but a lot of it is just a willingness to figure things out.

      I think some of it comes from the fact that years back almost everything was undocumented/poorly documented, and there was little to no official support. This created people that could just figure shit out. That doesn't seem to be the case these days.
      2d
  • SWE 160k 3YOE bay area
    Jun 11 2
    • Microsoft dugdig
      What level at 3yoe?
      Jun 11
    • Level 2. Not in a game studio though
      Jun 11
  • Salesforce Scooby-D
    Jesus, you people are getting shafted big time holy shit 😕
    7d 2
    • New / Product
      Silvyas

      New Product

      PRE
      Lyft
      Silvyasmore
      I know it must be a shock but some people enjoy making cool stuff and don’t need to have high TC’s to post on Blind
      7d
    • Salesforce Scooby-D
      It’s not about that. I also enjoy and quite often make cool stuff, although I work in the engine room and my products aren’t glamorous but hey, you guys are living in the same areas as the rest of us, I’m a passionate gamer and I don’t think it’s fair that your compensation is lower and that the gaming industry works people to death. I knew about the latter but the compensation is news to me... I thought it’s bad
      7d
  • Twitch FUI
    TC or GTFO
    Jun 11 0
  • Salesforce VVyG71
    I thought making video games was compensation enough?
    7d 3
    • Microsoft dugdig
      That’s how they get you! Liessss
      7d
    • Target / Eng
      oXEK85

      Target Eng

      BIO
      🐼
      oXEK85more
      Tried to feed making video games to the wife. Starved.
      7d
    • Salesforce Zed12
      Gotta do it for the exposure.
      7d
  • Riot Games nullevent
    Los Angeles, Senior SWE - 15 YOE 220k base salary, 80k bonus (300k TC)
    Jun 11 2
    • Facebook / Eng instandidl
      Sick! Do they offer stock options or equity?
      7d
    • MobileIron loom
      It’s “bonus” cash money not options or equity
      7d
  • Microsoft Vbsm66
    OP you should start
    Jun 11 0
  • Amazon / Eng YaJabroni
    Was offered 250k in la with 3 yoe, didnt take it
    7d 5
    • Amazon / Eng 4/&(41
      Company?
      7d
    • EA Mk55hd
      lol nah
      7d
    • Databricks / Data
      data4u

      Databricks Data

      PRE
      500 Startups
      data4umore
      Riot maybe
      7d
    • Amazon / Eng YaJabroni
      Riot
      7d
    • Amazon mghd
      why didnt you take it?
      6d
  • Symantec hdub39g
    Can anyone from Valve share TC numbers?
    7d 3
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      I would love to see those numbers.
      7d
    • Salesforce Scooby-D
      Valve stopped being a gaming company. They’re game sellers
      7d
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      True. Half life 3 will never come.
      7d
  • Microsoft aKfl14
    Microsoft Game Studios
    5 YOE
    Seattle
    180k TC
    7d 2
    • Microsoft / Product
      Edge

      Microsoft Product

      PRE
      Microsoft
      Edgemore
      Our game dev TC seems the same as a traditional SWE.
      7d
    • Microsoft abso7
      For anyone wanting to look at Microsoft studios or xbox salaries just go to www.levels.fyi - there is no salary adjustment for games
      6 yoe level 63 - 158k base + stock + bonus
      7d
  • New
    Uoseidon

    New

    PRE
    Yahoo
    Uoseidonmore
    Gaming is a creative field, software engineers are manual labors in gaming.
    Jun 12 2
    • Facebook / Data Jeef Besus
      Yikes
      6d
    • New wrqR15
      And creatives tend to get paid nonsense wages until they’re superstars.
      5d
  • Activision Blizzard 82736371
    SWE, socal, 240k
    Jun 12 6
    • Databricks / Data
      data4u

      Databricks Data

      PRE
      500 Startups
      data4umore
      How
      7d
    • Activision Blizzard 82736371
      6 YOE and actually negotiated
      5d
    • Databricks / Data
      data4u

      Databricks Data

      PRE
      500 Startups
      data4umore
      What team?
      5d
    • Activision Blizzard 82736371
      Game team
      4d
    • Databricks / Data
      data4u

      Databricks Data

      PRE
      500 Startups
      data4umore
      You make like 50% more then your peers
      4d
    • Activision Blizzard 82736371
      No not true. I know several making more
      4d
  • WB Games / Eng Vrko75
    Lead SWE 13YoE 200k TC
    7d 1
    • Uber
      on3p

      Uber

      PRE
      Google, Facebook
      on3pmore
      lol wtf
      7d
  • EA Mpox43
    Austin
    Data Scientist
    2 YOE
    100K
    Jun 11 1
    • Apple EdenFruit
      This just motivated me to apply. :)
      7d
  • Riot Games jadukn
    Los Angeles, Mid level Engineer, 20 YOE, 172k base 45k bonus (217k TC)
    Jun 12 0
  • WB Games spv
    WB Games
    Senior SWE
    18 YOE
    $137k Base
    2% yearly bonus
    No RSUs
    Jun 12 4
    • Apple toooooo
      🙁
      7d
    • Really. Shit man !! Your company beat intel in low pay. I am in Shitty HW making more
      7d
    • MobileIron loom
      It’s pretty high pay since it is in a low COL area east coast
      7d
    • 137k is low pay for 18YR SWE in any geo.
      6d
  • Activision Blizzard dunnno
    Socal, design, 2yoe, 90k sad 🙃
    Jun 11 3
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      Heard Blizzard designers are geniuses.
      7d
    • Salesforce shaman
      Kapp
      7d
    • Microsoft moxbill
      It's Kappa. And no cap
      7d
  • Activision Blizzard / Eng choose
    Senior SWE, 4 YOE, Irvine, 150k TC

    If you want to know “why stay” I can’t do the job i do here anywhere else, which is a positive for me, and my skills are so specialized it would be a pain in the ass to find something comparable with higher pay

    There are a lot of boring jobs I could do and make higher TC, I just kinda like what I do and I’m gonna ride it until I have a reason to aim for more money 🤷‍♂️
    7d 0
  • EA / Strategy San Holo
    Not in development
    Bay Area (HQ)
    YOE: 9
    TC: $150k in a good year / $140k in a not so good year, eg. the one that passed :| (Base+Bonus)

    @OP - if you can edit the initial post, tag some other companies too like Epic, 2K, Ubi, Rockstar, Zynga, etc
    Jun 12 0
  • Visa biggesmol
    My basement
    20 YOE
    The Bay
    30k on a good year
    25, Male
    single
    7d 3
    • Salesforce Zed12
      How do you afford to live in the bay?
      7d
    • @Zed12 ... "The Bay" .... could be any bay in any country.
      7d
    • Working since 5 y.o?
      6d
  • Amazon / Eng cayde
    I'm waiting for those Bungie devs. Please, please be different. If gaming industry pay wasn't so low (comparatively), it'd be so fun to work on their backend.
    7d 6
    • Why their back end specifically? I work on game back ends and services for game devs at Amazon and make “regular SDE” money.
      7d
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      Because they make my favorite game of all time. :)
      7d
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      Awesome name, btw.
      7d
    • Facebook 💯%ZuckMeat
      Before they split, Bungie pay < Microsoft pay. And that was before the big Msft salary bumps.
      7d
    • Riot Games / Eng
      Whsitnd

      Riot Games Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      Whsitndmore
      Bungies pay is well below Microsoft still.
      6d
    • Amazon / Eng cayde
      Damn.
      6d
  • VMware iRead
    Dumb question, but isn't game development harder than other types of application development in general? So shouldn't game development be higher paying?
    7d 4
    • Microsoft dugdig
      People really don’t understand economics. High pay is about supply vs demand and return on investment not how “hard” something is.
      7d
    • Activision Blizzard / Eng choose
      Its a supply and demand thing, working on games is typically pretty fun, the work environment is super relaxed, so if you’re more concerned over doing something you love than TC, which a lot of people are (apparently) you’ll be fighting a lot of other people who want the same

      Theres a shortage of good talent in many fields right now which drives wages higher, but there’s no such shortage in game development
      7d
    • Reliable Software / Eng :)(:
      I thought there is a huge shortage in game dev coz you need a math or cs degree right?contrary to that for software engineering we recently have boot camp and stuff
      7d
    • Activision Blizzard Azshara
      :)(: I don't have a college degree. I have a trade license for another industry. Got the job because of my business experience and soft skills. (Being a culture fit doesn't hurt either)
      2d
  • Microsoft djice
    I was an audio director for EA from 2014-2017; Made ~120K TC but only bc the stock went up a lot while I was there. Switched to applications in Microsoft in 2017, now make ~$250 TC. I miss the joy of making games everyday but also it’s so much easier to be an adult and a regular person with a life now. Oh, and a parent.
    6d 2
    • Microsoft djice
      Oh and..14 YOE
      6d
    • Facebook in$ta
      I just buy the games i used to get for free with the extra $$$ I'm making.
      5d
  • Intel str8shootr
    This thread is a motivation for Intel folks =].
    7d 5
    • Intel / Eng mr_pleb
      More like consolation. At least at Intel most people have good wlb and reasonable job stability.

      Motivation is FAANG pay.
      7d
    • Google Zarobe
      I feel like an asshole from this thread. I live in Canada in non-tech and make more at L4. TC 210k
      7d
    • Intel / Eng mr_pleb
      But you got shit weather so it evens out :)
      7d
    • Uber / Eng
      fvDA28

      Uber Eng

      PRE
      Uber
      fvDA28more
      And you have great health care, education, and politicians. Your L4 is worth more than a L6 in the US lol
      7d
    • Microsoft e3Gf7
      great politico? thats an oximoron
      6d
  • Microsoft TpzS10
    Seattle, 64 manager, 260k TC
    7d 0
  • New SBgg50
    Zynga, PM, 2 YOE, 110 base + 10k RSU
    7d 4
    • Reliable Software / Eng :)(:
      Location
      7d
    • New SBgg50
      SF
      6d
    • Reliable Software / Eng :)(:
      Wow isn't TC too low for sf? Any bonuses
      6d
    • New SBgg50
      5% performance target
      6d
  • Cohesity 1iDManKing
    Pretty pathetic... Why would folks stick to the Gaming industry? Why not move to adjascent areas of SW development?
    7d 4
    • New / Product
      Silvyas

      New Product

      PRE
      Lyft
      Silvyasmore
      1. Gaming code is different from web dev/modern full stack development, and isn’t necessarily transferable.
      2. Some people care about enjoying what they do at work more than the thrill of posting a high TC on Blind?
      7d
    • New / Eng
      agsagsags

      New Eng

      BIO
      AGS
      agsagsagsmore
      Yeah not sure what other jobs I could easily transfer to. Might have to start at the bottom and work up, but at least the bottom pays better than the top of most game studios 😂
      7d
    • Microsoft dugdig
      Graphics engineers -> AR/VR, API dev (eg Metal)
      UI engineers -> Frontend
      Mobile game engineers -> Mobile apps
      AI/Gameplay engineers -> ???
      Tools engineers -> Internal infrastructure
      Network engineers -> Real time communications/Backend distribution systems
      Build and release engineers -> DevOps
      QA engineers -> Test infrastructure
      Systems engineers -> embedded systems, firmware
      7d
    • New / Eng
      agsagsags

      New Eng

      BIO
      AGS
      agsagsagsmore
      I guess I’m stuck in games as a gameplay engineer. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
      Although I’m sure I could join an app developer and fix perf and other issues.
      7d
  • New / Eng
    agsagsags

    New Eng

    BIO
    AGS
    agsagsagsmore
    Amazon game studios. 12 yoe. 325k TC. Seattle.
    Previous to AGS (1.5 years ago), 198k TC.
    7d 3
    • Microsoft dugdig
      Honest question, what games have AGS released? What games have released with Lumberyard? What exactly do you guys do there?
      7d
    • New / Eng
      agsagsags

      New Eng

      BIO
      AGS
      agsagsagsmore
      No big hits yet. Just games getting cancelled. Lumberyard has lots of work to catch up with other engines.
      7d
    • Sup AGS buddy!

      Very similar stats here too. I work “game adjacent” though.
      7d
  • Dropbox iLUo57
    If you want TC and game industry and you are not C level, then you need to work at a big Corp who has a game division. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, etc (although not too many past those)
    7d 1
  • New / Other
    qx1138

    New Other

    BIO
    Technical creative, games and VR
    qx1138more
    Technical artist, designer 6yoe
    Tokyo
    Total compensation ¥8.9m
    ($82k USD / $127k scaled to cost of living in SF, according to Numbeo)
    7d 0
  • Nexon hngminb40
    Designer, 4 yoe, LA, 90k TC. Gaming TC is shit. If you ever join a gaming company, don't ever join an Asian one, you'll regret it.
    7d 0
  • thyssenkrupp bpHx38
    I was offered 70k contract in Seattle for a non coding job at 343 Industries last year :p
    7d 0
  • Qualtrics I'm dun
    Riot was ok when I interviewed. Got an offer of about 170k TC per year for high end of entry level.

    Other offers were in 250-300 in sea
    7d 0
  • Unity thugelmo
    5 yoe, sf, tc 210k
    Jun 12 0
  • Salesforce some dude
    My gaming job before Salesforce:

    0 YOE
    Base 93K
    20K RSUs
    San Mateo

    EDIT: Salesforce TC:
    1 YOE
    143k base
    75k RSU over 4 years
    Palo Alto

    Mobile developer for both
    6d 5
    • Cisco eduardo66
      God damn.
      6d
    • EA / Strategy San Holo
      Super Evil Megacorp?
      6d
    • Reliable Software / Eng :)(:
      What about Salesforce TC
      6d
    • Salesforce some dude
      @San Holo maybe ;)
      6d
    • EA / Strategy San Holo
      I mean it’s useless if you don’t share who it is. How is that supposed to help? :)
      6d
  • @Riot - can you play league at work if you are a SWE ?
    7d 3
    • General Motors coltmdgusq
      As long as you don't pick teemo..
      7d
    • Riot Games jadukn
      M7 Teemo right here ;)
      7d
    • Riot Games Witcher7
      You can play whatever games you want at work as long as you're also getting your work done. There're also opportunities to play unreleased content to test while at work.
      7d
  • Microsoft tsHj67
    Microsoft Game Studios
    30 YE - IC 63
    $162 base + $75k signing + $100k stock
    7d 2
    • Snapchat redsocks
      30 Years ???
      6d
    • Microsoft tsHj67
      Yup. Caught the bug when I was at high school and started making money from shareware and publisher contracts for arcade ports to home computer platforms while I was still at school. Before there really was any games industry to speak of...
      6d
  • Adobe VFne54
    TIL don’t work in gaming industry
    5d 1
    • Intuit Merc77
      Yep, gaming companies is the salt mines/coal workers of the industry
      4d

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