March 29, 2023

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CD Projekt execs get big bonuses despite messy Cyberpunk 2077 launch

It’s safe to say Cyberpunk 2077 had a particularly rocky launch in December last year. With the game struggling to run on last-gen consoles, CD Projekt eventually started providing players with refunds, while Sony fully removed the game from the PlayStation Store (from which it still remains absent). CD Projekt has since issued various apologies for the launch, promising to continue patching the game and fixing its many bugs.

Thanks to a high number of pre-orders, the game still sold 13.7m copies, helping CD Projekt make over £215m in profit last year. Yet some analysts were expecting the game to perform better than this – and so were some of the game’s developers. According to a new report by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier [paywall], some developers were expecting bigger bonuses than what they eventually received, and could have received more if the game had been delayed to launch in a better state. CD Projekt executives, meanwhile, are still taking home some pretty enormous bonuses despite the messy launch.

CD Projekt’s annual profit-sharing plan sees 20 percent of its annual earnings allocated to bonuses: 10 percent goes to employees, and the other 10 percent goes to the board. According to a CD Projekt statement (via Bloomberg), a total of $29.8m is being split between 865 employees, averaging at $34k per employee. Bloomberg notes there were also some smaller performance bonuses for staff earlier this year.

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