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Andrew Wilson, other EA executives, hand out their annual bonuses to employees

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It was revealed that the monolith AAA games publisher has been doing at least something to make it up to the hundreds of workers in their employ


Look, we all know EA hasn’t got the greatest reputation at the moment. The publisher has become known for their often seedy and arguably unethical monetary practices, with the implementation of pay-to-win loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2 to the more recent confusing pricing around Anthem for some rather lacklustre additions to the game. But to give the company some credit, it does seem to be trying to do some decent deeds under the table. In a recent interview, GameDaily.biz did with Andrew Wilson, they spoke to several other higher-ups in the company regarding Wilson’s leadership.


The CEO copped to his mistakes and the recent blunders EA’s experienced, which, fair game, is a pretty big step forward for Wilson who often hides behind the big-business corporate lifestyle. The dude hasn’t exactly run the tightest ship but in what seems like a fairly candid interview he made it clear that he knows about his mistakes and is actively trying to fix them. The other interesting titbit of information to come out of the article were several reports from employees of EA detailing how Wilson and several other executives higher up the food chain voluntarily gave up their annual bonus payments for the 2019 fiscal year and instead spread that money out amongst all the companies employees.


Which is a really unexpected and fairly generous too. I don’t want to presume too much, but I think it’s always healthier to look at these things optimistically, and the fact that EA executives have done such an act without making a big publicity stunt out of it is pretty. I know you’ll say, “Well, if it’s not a publicity stunt, why are you writing about this?”

Well, because it was a group of anonymous employees that told this news to Gamingbiz.com, not some press release authored by those same CEOs. It’s sad that something like this happens so rarely, but in a year where EA has been battling to really maintain a decent relationship with the public and laying off 350 employees, it’s nice to know that they’re at least trying to do something about the in-house morale.

Last Updated: June 24, 2019


  1. Pariah

    June 24, 2019 at 12:58

    Did he not also blame gamers for Anthem’s problems, pinning it on “expectations”?


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    June 24, 2019 at 13:08

    I suppose that deserves a grudging “well done”.


  3. Admiral Chief

    June 24, 2019 at 13:09

    Smoke and mirrors

    Handing out bonuses just to be reimbursed for the spend

    Never trust EA


  4. Magoo

    June 24, 2019 at 13:09

    …and we’ll just get a bunch of “anonymous employees” to tell the media.

    Oh my god I’m turning into Gavin


  5. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    June 24, 2019 at 13:20

  6. Original Heretic

    June 24, 2019 at 13:31

    What is this feeling? Do I…do I actually respect something EA did?!


  7. For the Emperor!

    June 24, 2019 at 13:41

    “group of anonymous employees” – given their reputation, I am skeptical that this group of “anonymous” people could have been either the execs, HR or PR people, or people told to say this, as part of a PR stunt. Given their reputation, can you blame anyone for doubting this? https://media2.giphy.com/media/UTm86phGUMMQE/giphy.gif


  8. Lynley James

    June 24, 2019 at 15:06

    Real question is what was his total compensation? In general the annual bonus is proportionally minor when compared to the total package. Share options tend to make up the majority of annual remuneration and when he sells those shares he’ll make up that sacrifice and more.


  9. Aries

    June 24, 2019 at 17:23

    Hope they have surprise mechanics in those payslips as well


  10. Llama In The Rift

    June 24, 2019 at 12:58

    No not annual bonuses….Surprise Bonuses Yeah!!

    Good for those peeps who have to work for a place like EA who’s not in a good spot with gamers at the moment.


  11. Jay Jabrolsky

    June 25, 2019 at 06:17

    Surprise payments require surprise skepticism.


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