Some employees were hoping to use their bonus
to weather the Corona virus storm and provide for
their families. Naughty Dog flat out refused the
request to advance them even a portion of their
future bonus. The insider says "the employee was
told that his contract stated he would be paid out
6 months after the game released OR not at all".
The employee was threatened with termination
for making the request. The studio was worried
more employees would demand their bonuses
now if they gave this one employee his bonus
early. To add insult to injury, senior staff (including
Neil Druckmann) asked for and received their
bonuses early. This pissed off the majority of
employees at Naughty Dog.
The leaks were a way of forcing the studio to
release the game sooner then later. The leaker is
risking career and financial ruin so that his fellow
abused workers can get their piece of the pie a lot
sooner (studio rumor put the expected release
date around the holidays before the leaks). This
means that the staff wouldn't receive their
bonuses until May 2021. Please spread the word
as quickly as humanly possible. Thank you.