Occupy Activision: Guess How Much Bobby Kotick Made Last Year?

on November 10, 2011 8:30 PM

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.

 /  Staff Writer
Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.