Sony settles with unpaid intern who worked as QA

Thursday, 5th September 2013 02:37 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony has paid out £4,600 to an intern who sued for compensation for work performed in Killzone: Mercenary developer Guerrilla Cambridge’s QA department.

The Independent reports Sony put the intern to work for the duration of his visit, rather than having him shadow a staff member as is usual; the UK has different laws regarding volunteer labour to the US, and interns who do a real job are eligible for minimum wage.

After the case was reported to British Customs, Sony paid out weeks ahead of a scheduled tribunal and granted the intern £1,000 more than sought by the suit.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. ff046a2e

    BS! They were an intern, they’re supposed to do some sort of work without getting paid, I did the same thing. The best thing you could hope for is that they’ll write you a good report.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. FuntimeBen

    I hope that 4k is worth the last job he will ever have in the games industry.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    @1, The issue is that he wasn’t doing regular interim duties, he was doing actual work for the studio without being paid. You can blame who ever he was supposed to shadow for this blunder.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. SuperGamerDude

    Wow, he gets a fantastic opportunity to work for a company like that and he sues them… To be that’s just ungrateful.

    And isn’t that the whole point of being an intern? To give you a taste of what it’s like at work etc?

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Fin

    This should be an advert for why not to do games design courses – 25 and having to work unpaid? Fuck.

    Also, he was doing a job that someone would’ve been paid £100 a day/£33,000 for?
    Yeah, welcome to the games industry, you’re not going to be back.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Phoenixblight


    I had done an internship and wasn’t paid for it and actually worked in the code. That is what I signed for, work experience in the field. THis guy will be blacklisted and will never see a studio again unless he makes his own. UK has better laws in this situation, man do I wish I had gotten paid for it wouldn’t have needed a 2nd job to pay the bills :P

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @6, Well interns should be paid regardless. No intern should expect the same wages as a full time employee but they still deserve compensation for their time & effort put towards their work otherwise it’s just slavery.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. TheBlackHole

    This is very simple – he is a games art and design graduate who agreed to the internship in the understanding that he would be shadowing a developer in order to learn about game development.

    Instead, Sony decided to use him as free labour by making him a QA tester. That’s why they paid him more than he asked for, before the case went to trial. It was an open and shut case; Sony in the wrong.

    “If someone is working set hours and is adding value to the company so that if they were not doing the task someone else would have to be paid to do it, then it is more likely they will be defined as a worker in law and therefore entitled to be paid”

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Cobra951

    @7: That’s my attitude as well. The one possible exception is students who are doing internships as part of their degree credits. Their compensation is education and credit-hours toward their degree. This assumes that they are in fact being educated, not whipped with loads of shit work that no paid employee wants to do.

    #9 1 year ago

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