Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s salary has been in the news several times over the past year. And while he certainly makes significantly more than most, a new report shows he’s in good company as other gaming CEOs bring in tens of millions of dollars a year.
Games One put together a review of video game executive salaries in 2020, based on company records, including salary, bonuses, stocks, and other monetary benefits. The report reveals that Bobby Kotick wasn’t actually the highest paid CEO of 2020 – that award goes to Robert Antokol, CEO of Israeli free mobile games company Playtika. In 2020, Antokol grossed $372 million in total compensation while Kotick grossed $154.6 million.
While they were by far the top earners, other gaming CEOs also made heaps of money that year. EA CEO Andrew Wilson earned $34.7 million in 2020, while Zynga’s Frank Gibeau earned $32 million. Take-Two (which just announced its intent to acquire Zynga) saw its CEO Strauss bring in $18 million for Zelnick.
Other notable names on the list include then-GameStop CEO George Sherman at $7.6 million, Roblox CEO David Baszucki at $6.8 million, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda at $4.2 million dollars, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa with 2.8 million US dollars and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot with almost one million.
In total, the 42 gaming CEOs earned $842 million in 2020. Specifically, these are only CEOs for publicly traded companies, who are required by law to disclose CEO salaries. Privately held companies like Valve or Epic don’t disclose these numbers, so a number of similarly highly paid CEOs are likely missing from this list.
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