Why Doesn’t Crunchyroll Pay Translators Less?

We all know that Crunchyroll pays its translators a pittance to translate anime for their subtitles. The oft-cited rate is $80 per episode.

A video by Canipa recently detailed the history behind this paradigm. It goes back to the late 2000s, when Crunchyroll was making its transition to legitimacy. Ken Hoinsky, and his company MX Media, normalized the $80 price point. They could get away with this because they were previously volunteer fansubbers.