Video Game CEOs Made Tens of Millions of Dollars in 2020

Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s salary has been in the news multiple times over the past year. And while he certainly earns significantly more than most, a new report shows he’s in good company, with other gaming CEOs making tens of millions of dollars per year.

Games One has compiled a summary of 2020 Video Game Executive Salaries based on company filings, including salaries, bonuses, stock, and other monetary benefits. The report reveals that Bobby Kotick wasn’t actually the top-earning CEO of 2020; that award goes to Robert Antokol, CEO of Israel-based Playtika, which makes free-to-play mobile games. In 2020, Antokol earned $372 million in total compensation, while Kotick put in $154.6 million.

While they were by far the top earners, other game CEOs similarly made piles of money that year. EA CEO Andrew Wilson received $34.7 million in 2020, while Zynga’s Frank Gibeau earned $32 million. Take-Two (which just announced its intention to acquire Zynga) saw its CEO, Strauss Zelnick, throw in $18 million.

Other notable names on the list include then-GameStop CEO George Sherman’s $7.6 million, Roblox CEO David Baszucki who earned $6.8 million, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda who received $ 4.2 million, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa receiving $2.8 million, and Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot receiving just under one. million.

In total, the 42 gaming CEOs earned $842 million in 2020. Notably, these are just CEOs of publicly traded companies that are required to disclose CEO salary by law. Private companies, like Valve or Epic, don’t release these numbers, so several equally well-paid CEOs are likely missing from this list.

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