Cyberpunk 2077 Dev Execs Have Huge Bonuses Despite the Game's Troubled Launch

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Two CEOs took home more than $6 million each in profit-sharing bonuses.

Despite the game being released in such an unfinished state that refunds were offered and a post-launch development roadmap adjusted to account for the months it had to spend fixing the game, Cyberpunk 2077 creator CD Projekt is giving away millions in bonuses. to its executives. Asked about this, an executive said they were directly linked to net revenue.

Identified by Bloomberg, CEO Marcin Iwiński and co-CEO Adam Kiciński will each receive more than $6 million in bonuses, with game director Adam Badowski also receiving more than $4 million. Nearly $30 million in bonuses was awarded to the company as a whole. However, since much of this was executive awards, the average employee will receive somewhere between $5.000 to $9.000, Bloomberg was told.

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The average total of bonuses among employees is $34.000, but that includes outliers in executive roles, which makes it look like lower-level workers were paid a lot more than they were. The bonuses were tied to the company's earnings, which were much higher in 2020 than before.

“Our compensation has always been directly linked to net income and that's how the company made money,” said Adam Kiciński when asked about bonuses during an investor call. “Higher net income means higher bonuses; this is the case historically.”

Bloomberg was told measures were being taken to prevent employees from wanting to leave, including higher pay for lower-level employees. During the call, Kiciński said that one of their “key HR tasks” for 2021 is to mitigate employee losses and that they have “many initiatives underway” to achieve this.

Despite negative publicity and around 30.000 refunds processed for the game, Cyberpunk 2077 was actually a huge financial success, selling over 13,7 million copies in three weeks. Players began to encounter bugs and crashes, however, and console versions running on Xbox One and original PS4 hardware were often unplayable at launch. This prompted Sony and Microsoft to offer refunds, and Sony also removed the game from the PlayStation's digital storefront. 

It is currently not available for purchase on the PlayStation Store, although the physical version is still being sold in stores. Cyberpunk 2077 has a long development roadmap ahead of it, including free DLC that will be released this year. Full next-gen versions of the game, rather than the small improvements available now, are scheduled to arrive before the end of the year. It will be free updates for those who already own the game.

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