Although in recent weeks there have been no new scandals related to Activision – Blizzard, the situation that prevails in the video game company, one of the largest and most important in the industry, continues to be in the crosshairs of different sectors. One of the strongest criticisms has been for the wage gap between its managers and base workers, with testimonies that include difficulties of some employees to get ahead at the end of the month, and recently a list was presented where Bobby Kotick is listed along with with his juicy bonus obtained in 2020.
They reveal the millionaire bonus that Bobby Kotick received in 2020
A report from Games One via (VGC) revealed a list of the CEOs of video game companies that obtained the best bonuses during 2020, a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and where many workers, including the gaming industry, lost their jobs. According to this record, the CEO who received the best bonus was Robert Antokol, from the Israeli company and mobile games distributor Playtika, who received $ 372,008,176 USD that year.
In second place is the director of Activision-Blizzard, Bobby Kotick, who received $ 154.6 million in 2020, a scandalous figure not because of the income and profits generated by the company, but because of the testimonies of its workers who account for shortages and precarious wages and labor. In fact, the report made an estimate taking as a parameter the salary of workers in common positions and concluded that Bobby Kotick earned 1,560 employees.
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How much did video game company directors get in bonuses in 2020?
These bonds are not given arbitrarily, but are proposed by the board of directors and go through the approval of the majority shareholders. In the following cases, this is the sum total of salaries, bonuses, incentives, benefits, and stock earnings:
- Robert Antokol (Playtika) – $ 372 MDD
- Bobby Kotick (Activision Blizzard) ― $154.6 MDD
- Andrew Paradise (Skillz) ― $103.3 MDD
- Andrew Wilson (EA) ― $34.7 MDD
- Frank Gibeau (Zynga) ― $32 MDD
- John Riccitiello (Unity) ― $22 MDD
- Strauss Zelnick (Take-Two) ― $18.1 MDD
- Taek-Jin Kim (NCsoft) $15.6 MDD
- Min-Liang Tan (Razer) — $10.4 MDD
- Debbie Bestwick (Team17) ― $10.2
As for Japanese companies, the report points to the cases of Yosuke Matsuda from Square Enix, who received $ 4.1 million, Hajimi Satomi from SEGA who obtained a bonus of $ 2.9 million and Shuntaro Furukawa, director of Nintendo, who received $ 2.8 million being one of the most successful companies in recent years.
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