How Much Do The Heads Of Gaming Companies Earn And Why So Much

The creator of Games One did a study that examined the amount of money game business presidents earn. He then put it all into a list and then compared the extent to which CEOs’ salaries are different from the average of their subordinates.

The salary of top business heads is often tens and even hundreds of millions. Games One will explain what these amounts of money consist from:

  • The owners of companies that hold shares traded on the public market are called the shareholders. The shareholders choose their board of directors, and the board selects the chief executive officer for the firm (CEO or chief executive officer). The board decides on the financial compensation of the president, and a majority vote approves it of shareholders.
  • The money that is paid out can come from various sources, including bonus, salary stock, benefits and bonuses. Based on the combination the tax treatment of the president varies.
  • The board has to inspire the president to achieve high levels of performance So rewards must be tied to targets. The overall success of the president can be measured through the value of stocks.
  • The board works with the president’s interests in mind, as potential competitors could try to poach the president. So, compensation is designed to be competitive or exceed the standards of the market.
  • The responsibilities of the president are diverse – it is difficult to include everything in a brief note.
  • Games One predicts that cash compensation for presidents will continue to increase in a variety of ways, such as, because the market for video games continues to grow every year, and records revenues and especially profitable IPO always result in higher rewards for presidents.

The highest-paid executives at gaming firms

The data presented represents presidents’ earnings for 2020. If the income wasn’t measured as U.S. dollars, the Games One author translated the currency at the exchange rate average for 2020. We’ve detailed what they do for certain businesses, and you can hover or click on names marked with a dotted line.


  1. Robert Antokol,
    Playtika, – $372,008,176.
  2. Robert Kotick, Activision Blizzard, – $154,613,318.
  3. Andrew Paradise, Skillz, – $103,321,052.
  4. Andrew Wilson, Electronic Arts, $34,715,802.
  5. Frank Gibeau, Zynga, – $32,003,768.
  6. John Riccitiello, Unity Software $29,001,733.
  7. Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two Interactive, – $18,111,761.
  8. Taek-Jin Kim, NCSoft, – $15,620,773.
  9. Min-Liang Tan, Razer, – $10,457,000.
  10. Debbie Bestwick, Team17, – $10,242,642.
  11. Nick Earl, Glu Mobile, – $8,633,871.
  12. Owen Mahoney, Nexon 831,079.
  13. George Sherman (George E. Sherman), GameStop 7,609,754.
  14. David Baszucki, Roblox, – $6,775,108.
  15. Jorgen Madsen Lindemann, Modern Times Group – $4,309,571 (in the position of president, it was part-time, but full-time would be higher).
  16. Stephane Roussel, Gameloft, – $3,673,362.
  17. Yosuke Matsuda, Square Enix 4169,594.
  18. Hajime Satomi, SEGA Sammy, – $2,949,168.
  19. Suntaro Furukawa, Nintendo, – $2,839,072.
  20. Andrew Paul, Corsair, – $2,796,433.
  21. Jurgen Stark, Turtle Beach, – $2,275,770.
  22. Joshua Wilson, SciPlay, – $1,635,171.
  23. Andrew Day, Keyword Studios, – $1,299,104.
  24. Frank Sagnier, Codemasters $1,267,155 (data from fiscal year 2020 ). could be higher for 2020 calendar).
  25. Frederic Chesnais,Atari, – $1,124,870.
  26. Adam Kicinski and Marcin Iwinski co-presidents at CD Project $1,054,090 and $1,032,536 in total.
  27. Yves Guillemot, Ubisoft, – $925,314.
  28. Dmitry Kozko, Motorsport Games, $737,672.
  29. Alain Falc, Nacon, – $727,739.
  30. Brothers Galante (Abramo Galante, Raffaele Galante), Digital BrosFor $712,560.
  31. Carl Cavers, Sumo Group, -$685,495.
  32. David Braben, Frontier Developments, – $581,516.
  33. Kati Levoranta, Rovio, – $535,722.
  34. Anton Gauffin, Huuge Games, – $470,800.
  35. Alex Nichiporchik,tinyBuild, – $419,460.
  36. Darcy Taylor, East Side Games 418,473 (in the president’s position, it was part-time; for full-time should be more).
  37. Adam Foroughi, AppLovin, – $409,462.
  38. Hannes WallinFractal Gaming, – $238,447.
  39. Claude Guillemot, Guillemot Corporation, – $185,004.
  40. Lars Wingefors, Embracer Group, – $162,293.

Comparative study with rank-and file employees

The first is the median salary within the company, and then the ratio of income to the president.

  • Electronic Arts: $13,935; 1 to 360.
  • Activision $199,100; 1,600 to 1.560 (! ).
  • Zynga $98,781 from 1 to 324.
  • Glu mobile: $89,738 1-96.
  • Take-Two 72,000046 1-252.
  • GameStop $11,033 1 to 653.

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