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Video Game Studios Embrace Transparent Pay to Battle Wage Discrimination

The move aims to create a more fair, humane workplace culture

A Microsoft Xbox One video game controller

A Microsoft Xbox One video game controller

Photographer: Michael Ciaglo/Bloomberg

Siobhan Beeman, a video game programmer, was recently preparing to leave a job when she mentioned to a co-worker what she had been getting paid. “Wow,” the co-worker said, by Beeman’s recollection. “You’re making less money than me.”

The colleague, who didn’t have as much experience as Beeman and whose title was one notch lower, was getting paid $15,000 more a year, Beeman said. So when she was interviewing for a new job earlier this year at an independent game developer called Gardens, Beeman was thrilled to hear that the company had a transparent salary policy.