Electronic Arts, the world’s largest video game maker, has appointed to its board Vivek Paul, vice chairman at Wipro, one of the leading companies in providing outsourcing to India.
“Hmm,” writes in a loyal reader, “adding a board member with experience in outsourcing. Any chance this is in reaction to the increasing video game industry domestic labor costs (class action suit for overtime pay, recent threat of strike by VG voice talent)?”
Here’s the context, from a Merc story earlier this year:
Another worker has filed a class-action lawsuit seeking overtime from Electronic Arts, adding to the mounting evidence that more tech workers are disillusioned with jobs that entail 80-hour weeks, diets based on pizza and catnaps in the cubicle.
The case is at least the second such suit filed against Electronic Arts of Redwood City, the world’s largest video game maker, and it’s similar to one filed last year against Vivendi Universal Games in Los Angeles.