TikTok user @chutuo posted a video allegedly showing a game-like achievement chart being used in one of Amazon’s warehouses, with goals such as “Pick 1,000,000 units” and “Get started quickly. 10 times”.
The video now has over 1.9 million views and many users literally can’t believe their eyes. Many comments point in the direction of “Imagine if it was real” and “It would be like an episode of ‘Black Mirror’.”
RT has contacted Amazon to confirm the authenticity of the video. However, this “gamification of underpaid work,” as one comment put it, has in fact been known since at least 2019. In March 2021, The Information reported that Amazon had extended the program to at least 20 Amazon warehouses. across the United States.
The program, known as FC Games, gives Amazon employees the ability to play various desktop games that track their overall productivity and offers rewards, such as virtual pets – but apparently no extra money.
While some employees said they enjoyed the program because it took the fatigue and repetition away from their long warehouse shifts, others noted the dystopian feeling of the games, which essentially encouraged workers to work too. hard as possible and to compete with themselves.
Meanwhile, Amazon maintains a notorious reputation for providing its employees with substandard working conditions and very low wages, which has resulted in numerous worker strikes over the years.