The American site GamesOne.co has compiled the income of the leaders of the largest video game studios and companies. In total, these 42 bosses received the equivalent of $842 million in revenue.
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We learned that Robert Antokol, CEO of the Israeli company Playtika, would be the highest paid boss in 2020, with an income equivalent to 372 million dollars.
Robert Kotick, CEO of the American company Activision Blizzard, is in second place with revenue equivalent to $154 million in 2020. Andrew Paradise, CEO of the American company Skillz, closes the podium with revenue equivalent to $103 million.
We also know the median income of employees at certain video game studios. For example, the median income among Activision employees is $99,100. Which means that for every dollar an employee earns, Robert Kotick earns the equivalent of $1,560.
This wide earnings gap between CEO and employee has often been criticized in recent years. Activision CEO Bobby Kotick announced in April 2021 that he would cut his salary in half. Of course, this pay cut ($1.75 million to $875,000) doesn’t include all the bonuses and other benefits he could receive. Andrew Wilson, CEO of EA, also announced in 2021 that he would reduce his salary.
Here are the top 20 highest paid CEOs in the video game industry in 2020. The full earnings list of the top 42 highest paid CEOs in the industry can be found at GamesOne.co
Note that the GamesOne.co article used public data from publicly traded companies to arrive at these numbers. The compensation found in this article is the sum of the salary, stock, bonuses, and other financial benefits CEOs received in 2020. Private companies, such as Valve or Epic Games, do not have to publicly disclose the salaries of their employees or CEOs, so it is impossible to collect this data. All figures in this article are in US dollars.
PDGcompagnierevenus in 2020Renvenu Moyen Par Heurobert Antokolplaytika372 008 176 $ 186 004 $ Robert Kotickactivision Blizzard154 613 318 $ 77 306 $ andrew paradiseskillz103 321 052 $ 51 660 $ Andrew Wilsonelectronic ArtS34 715 802 $ 17 of 357 $ Frank Gibeauzynga32 003 768 $ 16 of 001 $ John RiccitielloUnity Software$22,001,733 out of$11,000 Stauss zelnicktake-dos interactive18$111,761$9,055 taek-jin kimncsoft15$620,773$7,810 Min-Liang Tanrazer$10,457,000$5,228 Debbie Bestwickteam$1,710 Mobile8$242,6418 7 Nickl212$51 $ 4316 $ Owen Mahoneynexon8 311 079 $ 4155 $ George E. ShermangameStop7 609 $ 380 David Baszucki Roblox6 775 $ 3387 Jørgen Madsen LindemannModern Times Group 4 309 571 $ 2873 $ Yosuke Matsudasquare Enix4 169 $ 2084 $ Stéphane Rousselgameloft3 $673,362 $1,836 Hajime SatomiSega Sammy2 $949,168 $1,474 Shuntaro FurukawaNintendo2 $839,072 $1,419 Andrew PaulCorsair2 $796,433 $1,398 Company Median Revenue Per Employee Electroni c Arts123 925 $ Activision99 100 $ Zynga98 781 $ Glu Mobile89 73 8 $Take-Two72 046 $GameStop11 033 $ PDGRevenue ratio PDG / average employeeGlu Mobile1 for 96Take-Two1 for 252Electronic Arts1 for 316Zynga1 for 324GameStop1 for 650Activision1 for 650Activision1 for 650Activision1 for 96
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