If you take a look at Activision/Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick’s base salary, it’s almost a wonder we haven’t heard of an Occupy Azeroth movement surfacing to acknowledge the unbalanced distribution of wealth in the games business.
Kotick’s 5-percent cost-of-living increase for 2011, at $50,350, was higher than the average American worker’s annual income for 2010.
The man gamers love to hate reigned in approximately $5.6 million last year — composed of a base salary of a little more than $1 million and a ton of incentive pay. And that’s without taking stock options, $47,000 in insurance and other compensation into account.
As if gamers didn’t have reason enough to harbor a less-than-friendly attitude toward the head of one of the industry’s biggest publishers. Then consider the fact that the Guitar Hero seemingly bled sequels, several titles lacked proper advertising and the Infinity Ward walkout happened under Kotick’s watch and, yeah, Occupy Activision might seem like a good idea if the entire movement weren’t so darned ineffective.
Thanks to GamesRadar for the tip, including speculation on how the man might be able to walk away from his gig as Activision’s head honcho with $31.1 million.