Gaming company compensation mega thread!!

EA pCWT75
Jun 11 220 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 220 Comments
  • Twitch schamwow
    L6 SDE, 6 YOE, SF, 330k TC
    Jun 11 8
    • Lyft / Eng
      deezenuts

      Lyft Eng

      PRE
      Google
      deezenutsmore
      Does jet fuel melt steel beams?
      Jun 13
    • 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.
      Jun 13
    • Apple toooooo
      Still, doesn’t Twitch pay on Amazon’s scale? Don’t think Twitch TCs don’t translate to game dev TCs.
      Jun 13
    • New / Product
      Silvyas

      New Product

      PRE
      Lyft
      Silvyasmore
      This guy is just flexing on the ppl actually in the games industry
      Jun 13
    • 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.
      Jun 13
  • 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
  • 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?
    Jun 13 8
    • Facebook khIU05
      I actually feel kinda bad that I only change button colors and make more money than those people
      Jun 13
    • Microsoft / Product
      Brazuka

      Microsoft Product

      PRE
      Bain & Company
      Brazukamore
      ^ LMAO
      Jun 13
    • Microsoft Chock-Full
      @khlU05 your team hiring?
      Jun 13
    • 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?
      Jun 16
    • Facebook khIU05
      I guess Blind needs an eng like me to change the color of good comments 😂
      Jun 16
  • Facebook That Zucks
    Woah, this is quite the thread
    Jun 11 2
    • Box / Eng Aaaaaaand1
      You're not thinking fourth-dimensionally.
      Jun 13
    • Airbnb / Eng trgcbi
      There are 131 replies. Not enough for you sweetie?
      Jun 13
  • 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.
      Jun 13
  • Activision Blizzard SoL7
    12yoe, PM, 350k
    Jun 11 4
    • Databricks / Data
      data4u

      Databricks Data

      PRE
      500 Startups
      data4umore
      What, how?
      Jun 13
    • Target / Eng
      oXEK85

      Target Eng

      BIO
      🐼
      oXEK85more
      1 yoe, janitor, 420k, 0k RSU / 69 months
      Jun 13
    • Not with that title
      Jun 13
    • Splunk / Eng it’ssimple
      Blind multiplier. A lot of janitorial SWE jobs pay well anyway.
      Jun 14
  • 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
    • Cox Automotive Fake-name
      Do they make your options vest only after walking a certain number of steps?
      Jun 13
    • Argo AI UWCA
      Come join self-driving!
      Jun 13
    • Bendy: no they aren’t
      Jun 13
    • New / Product
      Silvyas

      New Product

      PRE
      Lyft
      Silvyasmore
      Niantic spun out of Google, their TC/structure isn’t like Google’s at all
      Jun 13
    • Apple lithiumbat
      Niantic is trash tbh
      Jun 14
  • 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
      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.
      Jun 13
    • 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
      Jun 13
    • EA / Design mgJH31
      Nope, UI is a totally different beast in console game design vs app/web design. Not even the same language.
      Jun 17
    • Amazon hydfb
      Generally speaking game design and game programming is more complex than the non game development, so you'll do fine
      Jun 18
  • Riot Games WNzBC4
    LA, PM, 4YOE, 140k
    Jun 11 0
  • SF, PM, 6YOE, 95K +30K RSUs
    Jun 11 6
    • Microsoft bbbbbb1
      This is not true
      Jun 13
    • Airbnb bel0ng
      Do game companies have PMs? Thought it was producers
      Jun 13
    • Activision Blizzard 86753on
      They all have producers.
      Some also have PMs.
      Jun 13
    • 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.
      Jun 13
    • Also my SO makes more money than me and we live don't live in SF.
      Jun 13
  • 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?
      Jun 13
    • AnchorFree / Eng 🍪 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?)
      Jun 17
    • 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.
      Jun 18
  • SWE 160k 3YOE bay area
    Jun 11 3
    • Microsoft dugdig
      What level at 3yoe?
      Jun 11
    • Level 2. Not in a game studio though
      Jun 11
    • EA h12dj
      Not so good year 150k though
      Jun 21
  • Salesforce Scooby-D
    Jesus, you people are getting shafted big time holy shit 😕
    Jun 13 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
      Jun 13
    • 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
      Jun 13
  • Twitch FUI
    TC or GTFO
    Jun 11 0
  • Microsoft Vbsm66
    OP you should start
    Jun 11 0
  • Salesforce VVyG71
    I thought making video games was compensation enough?
    Jun 13 3
    • Microsoft dugdig
      That’s how they get you! Liessss
      Jun 13
    • Target / Eng
      oXEK85

      Target Eng

      BIO
      🐼
      oXEK85more
      Tried to feed making video games to the wife. Starved.
      Jun 13
    • Salesforce Zed12
      Gotta do it for the exposure.
      Jun 13
  • 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?
      Jun 13
    • MobileIron loom
      It’s “bonus” cash money not options or equity
      Jun 13
  • 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
      Jun 14
    • New wrqR15
      And creatives tend to get paid nonsense wages until they’re superstars.
      Jun 15