CD Projekt execs get large bonuses regardless of messy Cyberpunk 2077 launch • Eurogamer.web


It is secure to say Cyberpunk 2077 had a very rocky launch in December final yr. With the sport struggling to run on last-gen consoles, CD Projekt finally began offering gamers with refunds, whereas Sony absolutely eliminated the sport from the PlayStation Retailer (from which it nonetheless stays absent). CD Projekt has since issued numerous apologies for the launch, promising to proceed patching the sport and fixing its many bugs.

Due to a excessive variety of pre-orders, the sport nonetheless offered 13.7m copies, serving to CD Projekt make over £215m in revenue final yr. But some analysts have been anticipating the sport to carry out higher than this – and so have been a number of the recreation’s builders. In keeping with a brand new report by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier [paywall], some builders have been anticipating larger bonuses than what they finally obtained, and will have obtained extra if the sport had been delayed to launch in a greater state. CD Projekt executives, in the meantime, are nonetheless taking house some fairly huge bonuses regardless of the messy launch.

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CD Projekt’s annual profit-sharing plan sees 20 p.c of its annual earnings allotted to bonuses: 10 p.c goes to workers, and the opposite 10 p.c goes to the board. In keeping with a CD Projekt assertion (through Bloomberg), a complete of $29.8m is being cut up between 865 workers, averaging at $34okay per worker. Bloomberg notes there have been additionally some smaller efficiency bonuses for workers earlier this yr.

When it comes to how that cash is definitely being cut up, Bloomberg studies that some workers are receiving bonuses of $5k to $9k, with extra senior workers getting nearer to $15okay or $20okay. 5 members of CD Projekt’s government board, in the meantime, are receiving bonuses totalling $28m.

As detailed within the firm’s current annual report, board members Marcin Iwiński and Adam Kiciński are every receiving a bonus of $6.3m, whereas director Adam Badowski is receiving $4.2m. It is price noting that the executives did take a monetary hit on their shares, as 4 board members personal 33 p.c of the corporate’s inventory (which took a significant whack following the Cyberpunk 2077 launch debacle). However personally, I nonetheless would not sniff at a multi-million greenback bonus.

In an earnings name on the monetary outcomes, Adam Kiciński was requested whether or not it was “acceptable” for government board members to take half the bonus allocation in gentle of the botched launch (through In search of Alpha).

“Nothing has modified just lately… and near half of it goes to the administration board,” Kiciński confirmed. “We have now outcomes, we get bonuses, and that is the contract we’ve.” Kiciński added it was “too early to say” whether or not the share scheme could be rebased in future.

Bloomberg heard from one worker that CD Projekt had, no less than, made some efforts to re-evaluate salaries and improve wages for these within the lowest-paid roles (similar to QA testing), however the gulf between government and worker bonuses stays a large one. And arguably, if CD Projekt administration had chosen to delay the launch of Cyberpunk 2077 till it was actually able to launch, the sport’s gross sales may have been even higher – making an enormous distinction for builders on the decrease finish of the pay scale.

In different generously-compensated government information, Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick is taking a 50 p.c pay lower, nevertheless it seems like he’ll nonetheless be capable to earn thousands and thousands in bonuses.

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