GameStop reportedly called off a company-wide competition that required employees to perform a synchronized TikTok dance in exchange for prizes such as overtime on Black Friday. which instructed employees to perform a synchronized dance with their colleagues in exchange for a prize. The prize included an Amazon Echo 8, an Amazon Echo Auto, a $ 100 VISA gift card, and 10 additional hours of work on Black Friday.“The winner of the challenge will receive an Echo 8, Echo Auto, a $ 100 VISA gift card, and 10 extra hours of work to use during Black Friday week,” GameStop’s contest announcement post says, according to TheGamer. . “Imagine what you could do with all these awards. Yes, imagine what you could do with all of these awards, like working ten hours overtime during one of the most stressful weeks in customer service and retailing as a global pandemic strikes. The announcement was originally posted on GameStop’s conference portal but has since been removed, as TheGamer discovered, likely due to backlash from the competition. The GameStop subreddit was quickly filled with dozens of posts on this contest, with one post, in particular, receiving over 100 comments ranging from “eww” to “new form of weak.”Although the contest announcement has been removed, GameStop has not officially announced anything regarding a cancellation. IGN has contacted GameStop for clarification but has not received a response.
This is not the first time GameStop has received negative feedback for its treatment of employees. Earlier this year, the company said it was an “essential business” and that employees had to work during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He eventually closed his stores when he switched to curbside service in March. In addition to the backlash the company faces in the face of this competition, the company recently announced that it is closing around 400 stores this year. Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance writer and guide for the IGN. You can follow it on Twitter @LeBlancWes.