They didn't get the bonus they thought they were going to get this quarter.
Gearbox reportedly spent 140 million to develop the game... and supposedly the deal that was signed required the repayment to 2K before the employees got theirs.
So people bash that, and that Gearbox pays below average. But they fail to read that over the years Gearbox has paid out over 100M in bonus to the employees, higher than anyone else in the industry.
The smaller bonus payouts started in 2013, not with Borderlands 3.
**Remember that these bonus earnings are Quarterly not a one time thing.
Every article you read has this similar paragraph
Apparently, Gearbox’s royalty system has been in place since day one. It proved especially beneficial to workers after Borderlands 2’s 2012 release. Some were even able to purchase houses, Schreier reports. Such momentum dragged in recent years, though, notably due to poor market performances from titles such as 2013’s Alien: Colonial Marines and 2016’s Battleborn. Consequently, quarterly bonuses took quite the hit.
The employees were expecting BL3 to turn the past 7 years around in terms of the bonus check.
Not defending Gearbox, or Pitchford. Just saying that people are only looking at one thing.
If the 2K payment is paid.... all sales from that point forward would be profit to the employees for their quarterly bonus....