Bungie under fire for hiring Destiny 2 Community Manager shortly after laying off staff

Bungie under fire for hiring Destiny 2 Community Manager shortly after laying off staff
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Written by 

Lloyd Coombes


30th Apr 2024 17:35

UPDATE: Bungie's Senior Director of Marketing, Gary Clay, has released a clarification on X (formerly Twitter) for the 'Principal Community Manager' job listing, saying the post was mistakenly listed and should be for a Principal Communications Manager.

"This vacant role popped up in the last 24 hours, we made a mistake by posting it as Principal Community Manager (this is a clerical error, and we will be updating it ASAP). The Principal Communications Manager is responsible for all community and go-to-market communications."

"Sorry for the confusion here, legends, and we're looking forward to going through applications next week."


Destiny 2 developer Bungie is hiring for a Principal Community Manager for the long-running FPS/MMO, just months after laying off staff that included Destiny 2 Community staff.

The job listing, found on Greenhouse, says the company is "looking for a seasoned community expert to lead our community and communications teams on Destiny 2", and the role is "a key member of Destiny 2’s franchise marketing leadership and development team driving strategic alignment, innovation, and end-to-end execution attached to the GTM and commercial goals of Destiny 2".

Bungie hiring for Community Manager despite layoffs

Posting on X (formerly Twitter) in response to Forbes' Paul Tassi, Destiny 2's former Community Manager, Liana Ruppert, added further context to the job listing, specifically its pay range of $143,000—$167,000 USD.

"The listing is for 70k more than we made, Paul, and they made me feel like a monster for asking for 10K more."

"Make it make sense, because I just feel like I lost everything all over again, it’s a kick to the gut…"

In a further post, Ruppert added: "I was told I was selfish for wanting the pay band for us to go up and yet every position that has gone up is 20K plus more than the band I proposed."

"I was forced to go to HR and gaslit to all hell for asking for a raise. This is a slap in the face to our entire team."

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Griffin Bennett, who was also formerly of Destiny's Community team and is now working on Marvel Snap, shared a similar sentiment.

"I worked my ass off to get a major promotion and then was given only a 5% pay raise," Bennett said.

"They said I was already at the top of my pay band so there’s nothing I could do. I told them I wasn’t going to do more work without being paid for it. Was laid off 6mo later."

Following reported missed revenue targets and a tepid response to Destiny 2's Lightfall expansion, Bungie laid off staff at the end of October 2023. 
The studio was purchased by Sony in 2022 for $3.6 billion but has acted independently since. Reports have suggested that upcoming expansion The Final Shape's performance will dictate the future of Bungie's independence. IGN has reported that Bungie could be taken over entirely by Sony.
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