BioShock Infinite, now lists having worked on at least one 85+ Metacritic game as a condition for employment as a design manager.
According to the "6+ years as a game designer in the video game industry", "4+ years of experience managing direct reports", and having "shipped a minimum of 3 game titles from pre-production through ship", another requirement is that the applicant have "credit on at least one game with an 85+ Average Meta Critic Review Score.", aside from the usual experience like
Essentially, game critics are being given more responsibility for affecting development, such as Bethesdato give developer Obsidian Entertainment their bonuses because they received an 84 Metacritic instead of 85.
In essence, a reviewer hedging between an 8.0 and an 8.5 might have cost developers millions of dollars - and now it may affect the hire-ability of developer looking for work.