Bobby Kotick Gets His Paycheck, But Only Barely

Jason Winter
By Jason Winter, News Editor June 21, 2021
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Bobby Kotick is getting paid after all.

The Activision Blizzard CEO will get his plus-sized pay package, following a close vote among shareholders today. That went 54% for and 46% against, according to Yahoo! Finance, ensuring that Kotick will receive $155 million for his services.

Today's vote came after a highly scrutinized delay on the vote that was supposed to occur on June 9. According to CtW Investment Group, this unusual move came after 86% of shareholders had already voted; considering the narrow margin of "victory" for Kotick -- just 8% -- it seems reasonable that those 14% who hadn't yet voted provided that margin.

Still, given that slight edge, it would appear that CtW's efforts are working, albeit at a slower pace than the organization would prefer. For possibly the first time Kotick might have cause for concern regarding his compensation, and it might be that the next time it comes up for a vote, he might not fare as well.

It's also possible that upcoming big titles from Blizzard, such Overwatch 2, and Diablo IV, could have a significant impact on whether Kotick's leadership is considered worth retaining at such a high price in the future. The teams for both of those games could face additional pressure to perform, coming from the very top, and it's an open question as to how that will play out.

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About the Author

Jason Winter
Jason Winter, News Editor
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

Discussion (1)

peepeepoopoo 6 months ago
155$ million for leading a once glorious ship straight into the bottom of the sea, wow want me some of them jobs like that, I screw up and I get the big boy money. God this stuff is disgusting. I would withhold his pay until he shows some results, poor shareholders are gonna be scammed out of their money hard considering the way blizzard is going.


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