Video Game CEOs Made Tens of Millions of Dollars in 2020

The salary of Activision-Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has made headlines several 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 bringing in tens of millions of dollars a year.

Games One has compiled an overview of video game executive compensation in 2020 based on company filings, including salary, bonuses, stock and other monetary benefits. The report reveals that Bobby Kotick wasn’t actually the highest-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 brought in $154.6 million.

While they were by far the highest earners, other gaming CEOs also made big bucks 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 bring in $18 million.

Other notable names on the list include GameStop CEO George Sherman earning $7.6 million, Roblox CEO David Baszucki earning $6.8 million, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda receiving $4.2 million, with 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 only CEOs of publicly traded companies who must disclose CEO compensation by law. Private companies, such as Valve or Epic, don’t disclose these numbers, so there are likely a number of equally well-paid CEOs who aren’t on this list.

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