Big gaming CEOs make a lot of money. Too much, some would say. And now, with both a cost of living crisis and various alleged workers' rights abuses across the industry, the optics aren't great when these bosses take home more than their employees will make in a lifetime. So in comes EA, with the perfect solution.
Andrew Wilson, who made it on this year's list of most overpaid CEOs, will be taking a 50 percent pay cut this year. Instead of the usual $40 million, Wilson will be bringing home a paltry $19.9 million. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him, truly.
As reported by Eurogamer, this pay cut is a response to shareholder complaints about Wilson's previous pay packets. As a result, EA promised last summer that it would make "substantive changes" to 2022's pay, and this is apparently what it meant by that.
Reduced bonuses aside, however, Wilson has actually received a pay rise on his base salary. According to EA, this is a bonus given to "strong performers".
Overall, EA's financial situation is a mixed bag. FIFA 22 has been a huge success, but of course, it won't be able to make FIFA games much longer. Wilson has previously said that the branding was actually "impeding" the series' success, dismissing the name as just "four letters on the box." However, it appears that not everyone shares Wilsons' optimism – if he even shares it himself – because the company reportedly laid off around 100 workers after the news of the split broke. EA claims that these events are unrelated.
There's also the fact that Battlefield 2042 bombed pretty goddamn hard. The latest financial report doesn't admit as much, but does strongly suggest that it was a flop, saying that both FIFA and Apex Legends' success was "offset by Battlefield 2042's performance". Ouch.
Wilson isn't the only gaming CEO taking the honourable pledge to cut his pay. Activision Blizzard's infamous boss, Bobby Kotick, said he'd only be taking home $62,500 after the allegations of widespread abuse at his company came to light – some of which were about him in particular. No word on him turning down a $22 million incentive to stop his company from being allegedly awful to its workers, however.
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