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Bobby Kotick gets a $7.85 million bonus

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We keep hearing about how the gaming industry is losing money, that profits are way down and that the AA gaming sector is teetering on the brink of collapse. You wouldn’t believe that to be the case, seeing how much money Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick is earning.

According to a new SEC filing, the guy who now has Eric Hirschberg do most of the talking so less hate gets levied his way, Bobby Kotick has been awarded $7.85 million as a cash bonus. That’s in addition to his regular salary of $2.1 million plus stock awards.

That’s a pretty significant increase over his last bonus in 2012, of what now seems a paltry $2.5 million. That’s despite the poor earning Activision has reported, following what they call a “transformational” year, which saw the new consoles released, a middling Call of Duty and most of the company’s money going to wards purchasing Activision-Blizzard outright from previous majority stakeholder, Vivendi.

"2013 was a transformational year for Activision Blizzard and for our industry," Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said of 2013’s . "Our transaction with Vivendi returned us to independence and eliminated the challenges and constraints of being a controlled company."

Last year, Activision had the second and third best selling franchises in the AAA retail sector. Yes, Grand Theft Auto was king, but it was followed by Call of Duty and Skylanders. Skylanders has quickly become one of Activision’s key pillars having eclipsed the $2 billion lifetime sales mark last year, with over175 million Skylanders toys sold worldwide.

Right now, Bobby Kotick is sitting in a yacht in the French Riviera sipping the finest champagne, eating the finest caviar, and rubbing your money across his hairy nipples.

Last Updated: March 12, 2014

66 Comments

  1. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 12, 2014 at 13:21

    Not my money he isn’t. Not a single title from them in over 10 years.

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 12, 2014 at 13:21

      Good

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 12, 2014 at 13:44

      Wow

      Reply

  2. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 12, 2014 at 13:21

    So he will be able to play new EA games with microtransactions for about 17 minutes?

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    • General JJ the Fett

      March 12, 2014 at 13:22

      LOL

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    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 12, 2014 at 13:26

      Or pre-order The Crew… once.

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 12, 2014 at 13:32

        The Crew!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 13:33

          will be disappointing..

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          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:34

            I’m really excited for it. The only arcade racer I’m excited about at this stage.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:35

            DUDE! arcade racers are sies. unless you can ride over people.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 13:37

            you’re sies!

            Arcade racers are fun.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:47

            Say what!

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 13:57

            what!

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:47

            Okay some arcade racers are fun, like NFS games I enjoy them.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:47

            NFS games are sies.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:48

            HEY! I liked the new hot pursuit!

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:50

            The last playable NFS was the first Most Wanted.

            For me, at least.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:38

            Arcade racers are great fun when you’re too lazy (which I often am) for the stress and concentration required for a sim.
            I love sim racing games. It’s much more fun, but arcade racers are needed for some relaxation. TDU2 online was great, World of Speed can go f@&* itself. So The Crew it is!

  3. Admiral Chief of comments

    March 12, 2014 at 13:22

    • VampyreSquirrel

      March 12, 2014 at 13:25

      Lol… is that Jim Carrey coming out of that poor rhino?

      Reply

      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 12, 2014 at 13:29

        You know it man!

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      • Admiral Chief of comments

        March 12, 2014 at 14:13

        ALA Pet Detective #2

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        • VampyreSquirrel

          March 12, 2014 at 14:14

          When nature calls! sheesh

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  4. General JJ the Fett

    March 12, 2014 at 13:22

    I feel so poor right now

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    • Admiral Chief of comments

      March 12, 2014 at 13:22

      At least you can afford eye liner and a Renault and friends like us

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      • General JJ the Fett

        March 12, 2014 at 13:23

        The eyeliner is natural. The Renault, I don’t have anymore.
        The friends, well, at least they NEVER judge me. 😉

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          March 12, 2014 at 13:26

          I give that response a 5/10.

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 13:28

            5.5/10 on a good day… but today isn’t a good day… so 5/10 is agreed on

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:29

            So supportive.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:30

            He is a squirrel after all.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:31

            Nuts

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:31

            Yes he has nuts too

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:32

            Tiny squirrel nuts.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 12, 2014 at 13:32

            But in his tiny squirrel hands they’re proportional. I assume.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:33

            Still tiny

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:34

            Emphasize on how small, you make that squirrel mad!

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:36

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 12, 2014 at 13:37

            What’s he going to do? Roll around on the carpet & give him a static shock?

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:46

            You don’t know what a squirrel is capable of….

          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 13:58

            No one knows what squirrels are capable of… because no one has ever survived a squirrel attack 😛

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:59

            That’s why I know not to get on your bad side.

          • HvR

            March 12, 2014 at 14:28

            So true . Squirrels are rats with furry tails and good PR.

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:30

            Oh gee. Thanks. I will treasure this 5, keep it safe and close to my heart.

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:30

            DO IT!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 13:28

          I don’t judge you JJ!

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      • VampyreSquirrel

        March 12, 2014 at 13:26

        Yeah Cleo, who needs millions of dollars when you have quality friends like us?

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        • General JJ the Fett

          March 12, 2014 at 13:31

          Hitmen cost money

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          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:32

            or Tik…

          • General JJ the Fett

            March 12, 2014 at 13:33

            Nah. Tik is for people without supportive friends and beautiful girlfriends. 😉

          • TiMsTeR1033

            March 12, 2014 at 13:34

            Cleo and his Patra.

  5. Mossel

    March 12, 2014 at 13:22

    hahaha that last sentence…

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  6. Kensei Seraph

    March 12, 2014 at 13:26

    I wonder if the reason he got a bonus is similiar to why Eskom management get bonuses.
    I.e. Country wide load shedding due to insufficient power plants and a substantial financial loss but they reached their BEE quota.

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  7. Hammersteyn

    March 12, 2014 at 13:27

    Not my money though.

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  8. TiMsTeR1033

    March 12, 2014 at 13:28

    This is why I get pissed off sometimes when”they” say gaming industry is doing badly and loosing money. Well flipping hell clearly they are suffering very hard times at Activision.

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    • ToshZA

      March 12, 2014 at 15:17

      Reminds me of Eskom, Telkom, and anything in Local Government.

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    • Skyblue

      March 12, 2014 at 15:21

      It’s called COD money but it does make you wonder how rotten to the core EA are if they can’t make a profit.

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      • TiMsTeR1033

        March 12, 2014 at 15:23

        Sometimes I wonder if EA still stands for electronic arts..

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  9. Umar Praise The Golden Sun

    March 12, 2014 at 13:34

    Rub my money harder on your nipples…Bobby….Oh wait…I don’t buy generic linear corridor shooters…So F U Bobby and your hairy nips

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    • Hammersteyn

      March 12, 2014 at 13:35

      Hope his ship sinks and his yacht

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      • Umar Praise The Golden Sun

        March 12, 2014 at 13:36

        And he loses his nipples!

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        • TiMsTeR1033

          March 12, 2014 at 13:45

          after they been badly sunburnt

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            March 12, 2014 at 13:59

            And then bitten off by an electric eel.

          • HvR

            March 12, 2014 at 14:34

            followed by a mossel crawling up his nose.

  10. Rock789

    March 12, 2014 at 14:22

    As much as people lay hate on him, he still deserves the success he has… He’s at the top of a very large pyramid he helped create. Now’s the time to reap those rewards. Good for him, I say.

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  11. JustAnotherGamer

    March 12, 2014 at 14:42

    he deserves it. The man made activision what it is today and while people hate his success you can’t hate his ability as a manager or as a ceo.

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  12. Kromas

    March 12, 2014 at 14:48

    I wanna know is how you know his nipples are hairy. Also if he is looking for a butler I am willing to serve. 😛

    Reply

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