Bobby Bucks and Blizzard on Diablo 3 Exploits


Two depressing news items today, so I’ll just tuck them into the same post.

First up, how’s everyone’s favorite Activision/Blizzard CEO getting paid lately? (I strongly caution you about clicking this link. Do not do it with a drink in your mouth unless you have sort of image blocker running on your browser.)

Despite Activision’s rate of growth slowing compared to 2011, Kotick’s personal compensation rose exponentially. His base salary doubled, jumping up to $2 million. This was then bolstered by $2.5 million in bonus pay and another $4.4 million from Activision Blizzard’s annual incentive plan. The vast bulk of his earnings, to the tune of nearly $56 million, came from stock awards Kotick picked up in 2012.

…Update: Activision has explained to us that approximately $55.9 million of Kotick’s reported earnings – which, as we note below, comes in the form of stock – is actually a 5-year performance-based figure, rather than a single year guaranteed sum. The number was reported on the filing because 2012 is the year in which the agreement was made. Kotick made roughly $8.33 million in actual pay last year…


Elsewhere, some virtual wrist slapping about Diablo 3 exploits:

Providing an environment where all players can enjoy Diablo III in the spirit of fair play is extremely important to us, which is why we monitor the game for exploitative activity. Through applying hotfixes and patches, we aim to improve the game and keep it as bug-free as possible; however, sometimes bugs will occur and some players will be eager to reproduce them for different reasons.

We would like to remind you that using bugs for personal gain is viewed as exploitative activity. Accounts found to be participating in dishonest behaviour, such as exploiting bugs, may be investigated and subjected to disciplinary actions in line with our Diablo III exploitation policy.

So to sum up: zero punishment, but a mildly-worded blue post on the EU forums days after the exploit was hotfixed. Let that be a lesson to everyone who gained 50 paragon levels killing Mongrels while AFK. I bet you’re really sorry now!

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  1. ” Let that be a lesson to everyone who gained 50 paragon levels killing Mongrels while AFK. I bet you’re really sorry now!”

    And who said that sarcasm doesn’t translate well over to text 😉

    • yeah, this is poor. They could at least have rolled back the exploiters. But nooo, to much effort.

      Or rather, they are so scared of losing players, they decided against it.

  2. cool, bobby makes 85% of his income from stocks, rather than as pay or bonuses from Actiblizz…

  3. He’s worth the money in my opinion.

  4. While I don’t approve of a player using “exploits” I think it is wrong for a game company to punish a player for using something that THE COMPANY put in the game. It does not matter if the game company intentionally put it in the game or not. It is not up to the player to determine whether or not the game is working as intended. The player is there to play the game.

    The game company should do a better job of play testing and not introduce “exploits” to begin with.

    No outright cheating by altering files and such is a different matter and should be dealt with very harshly.

    • Totally agree with you. Transfering the responsability to players for exploit a bug actually is the role.

    • I still do not see how their mistake gets others punished yet botters/scalpers run free. I mean the average/casual player does not have a trillion gold. They should be easy to spot. I don’t get it.

  5. Curly haired jew

  6. “We would like to remind you that using bugs for personal gain is viewed as exploitative activity. Accounts found to be participating in dishonest behaviour, such as exploiting bugs, may be investigated and subjected to disciplinary actions in line with our Diablo III exploitation policy. ”

    It was as if they could see into the future, see the gold bug in coming….

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