The game, called Spark City and developed by Walmart, offers players the thrilling opportunity to “maximize on shelf customer availability, and sales, while keeping your area clean, fast and friendly.”
Spark is also the name of Walmart’s grocery delivery pilot service that the company announced in September.
Walmart did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
The basic premise is that you start your bright future at Walmart as a sales worker in the backroom. Your OSCA and CFF are low (whatever that means, but it’s clear it’s bad), and sales are also low. Your job is to complete all your tasks on your floor within an eight-hour day while increasing those stats.
OK, sure. Sounds easy enough.
When we first went to set up our avatar, the app didn’t seem to offer any characters that weren’t white. This was pretty disappointing, considering the company reported that 21% of its sales workers in 2016 were black, 14% were Latino, 4% were Asian, and 1% were Native American or Alaskan native. But after we heard from Walmart, we tried again and saw a drop-down menu that lets you customize your character’s skin tone.
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