Great game CEOs make a lot of money. Too much, some would say. And now, with a cost-of-living crisis and several alleged abuses of workers’ rights in the industry, the outlook is not so good when these bosses take home more than their employees will earn in a lifetime. Then EA comes along, with the perfect solution.
Andrew Wilson, who achieved this year ready of most overpaid CEOs will take a 50 percent pay cut this year. Instead of the usual $40 million, Wilson will bring home a paltry $19.9 million. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, truly.
As reported by eurogamer, this pay cut is a response to shareholder complaints about Wilson’s previous pay packages. As a result, EA promised last summer that it would make “substantial changes” to the 2022 payout, and this is apparently what it meant by that.
However, apart from the reduced bonuses, Wilson has been paid raise on your base salary. According to EA, this is a bonus given to “strong performers”.
Overall, EA’s financial situation is mixed. FIFA 22 has been a huge success, but of course you won’t be able to make FIFA games much longer. Wilson has previously said that the brand was actually “preventing” the success of the series, dismissing the name as just “four letters in the box”. However, it seems that not everyone shares Wilsons optimism, if he shares it himself, because the company reportedly laid off around 100 workers after news of the split broke. EA claims that these events are unrelated.
There’s also the fact that Battlefield 2042 bombed pretty hard. The last financial report he doesn’t admit as much, but strongly suggests it was a flop, saying the success of FIFA and Apex Legends was “offset by the performance of Battlefield 2042”. Oh.
Wilson isn’t the only gaming CEO who has honorably agreed to take a pay cut. Infamous Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick said he would only be taking home $62,500 after allegations of widespread abuse at his company came to light, some of which were about him in particular. However, it is not known if he turned down a $22 million incentive to prevent his company from being allegedly horrible to his workers.
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