Video game developers are sharing their salaries on Twitter for transparency

Game developers are sharing their salaries over the years along with countries and companies worked and it doesn't paint a pretty picture.

If you've been on Twitter for the past couple of days, you've probably noticed a hashtag trending. The #GameDevPaidMe movement is game developers' way of finding out just how much each other is paid, regardless of where they are. This way, they can compare each other's salaries and see if anyone is getting paid fairly. Unfortunately, it appears that all the trend has done is expose one of the dirty secrets of the gaming industry.

Making video games becomes less glamorous when you realize just how much little people who make them are paid.

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Why aren't video game developers paid more by studios?

At this point, video game developers might have to unionize to receive fair compensation.

The video game industry has had a long and unsavory relationship with its workers. It's no secret that the majority of employees aren't paid well or treated fairly if not both. However, it appears that this also extends to people who are actually working on video games and not just contracts and freelancers. In a bid to try and get studios to pay them more, programmers and designers have decided to step up and make their salaries public.

The #GameDevPaidMe movement encourages video game developers (and pretty much anyone else in the same industry) to disclose their compensation every year for transparency's sake. This isn't the first time that such a movement has gained traction. Nevertheless, it's getting a ton of support.

What is the most interesting part about the movement is how little developers are paid relative to how much people believe their salaries are.

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Video games is a multi-billion-dollar industry. The COVID-19 pandemic might have affected the production of hardware and pushed back the development timeline of several games, but it did lead to a boom in video game sales. The handful of games that were released in 2020 and 2021 enjoyed a ton of commercial success. You'd think that the people behind the video games that all of us enjoy are getting paid well, but you'd be wrong.

To the surprise and dismay of many inside and outside the video game industry, people are just finding out how little they are making relative to their efforts. Ultimately, the goal of the movement is to encourage employees to ask for fair compensation and for employers to offer competitive salaries.

Maybe, just maybe, if this happens, fewer video games would release incomplete like GTA Trilogy.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.