Take Two’s Strauss Zelnick will Remain CEO Until 2029; Paid More Each Year if ‘Recurring User Spending Grows’


It's been recently confirmed that the Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick will remain the company's CEO for a longer tenure than anticipated. Plus, it's been recently confirmed that he will get bonuses depending on how much 'Recurring user spending' is made across its titles. Some of the things included in this rubric may include NFTs.

This was made known by a recent report by Axios which showcased the CEO's contract extension. However, there's a key difference between the current contract and the new one. That is that the CEO will have access to several performance incentives surrounding recurring user spending (RCS). This involves player purchases of add-on content, in-game items, and virtual currency.

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However, it's also worth noting that this definition also can carry things such as NFTs. Zelnick’s RCS goal and other incentives can net him millions of dollars of stock each year until 2029. This incentive isn't new according to the Axios report, it's just a tweak of the RCS goal that was implemented before that's been adjusted to benefit more from RCS growth in the near future.

Axios has also reported that this RCS growth has netted the executives several millions in bonuses. Last year, Strauss Zelnick and company president Karl Slatoff together made over $31 million in stock via performance incentives last year, $3.9 million of that driven by hitting the firm's RCS targets. Take-Two games have generated $548 million in RCS in the last three months of 2021, more than it made from the sale of full games.

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