The Political Donations Of Top Video Game Execs

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The Political Donations Of Top Video Game Execs
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An elderly man contest is happening today. It is the product not of a functioning democracy, but a system fuelled by corporate lobbying, vast fortunes, and the whims of the wealthy. So let’s have a look at what some video game executives have been up to recently.

(This information was obtained using OpenSecrets.org, a database of federal campaign contributions and lobbying data.)

Bobby Kotick (CEO, Activision)

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Marc Merrill (Co-chairman, Riot Games)

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Strauss Zelnick (CEO, Take-Two Interactive)

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Gabe Newell (President, Valve)

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Phil Spencer (Executive VP of gaming, Microsoft)

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Robert Altman (CEO, ZeniMax)

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Mike Morhaime (Former CEO, Blizzard)

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Humam Sakhnini (President, King Digital Entertainment)

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Emmett Shear (CEO, Twitch)

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Tim Schafer (CEO, Double Fine Productions)

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Donald Mustard (Worldwide creative director, Epic Games)

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Palmer Luckey (Former exec, Oculus/Facebook)

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Comments

  • A large number of low contrast screenshots and no analysis? A good value add over going to the Open Secrets site would be to give some background on who those unaligned SuperPACs are supporting.

  • I think my favourite part is that in some cases these are all paid for with insane salaries and bonuses most of these people get… And they’re the same people who’d fire hundreds/thousands of employees without blinking and then go on to brag about record profit, growth, etc.

  • I fail to see the relevance of former execs. Or anyone really. Unless having a McCarthyist list of people to purge is seen as a ‘good’ thing. I look forward to the sister article where Nathan (I’m sorry, Dick is the only person I’d call Grayson) publishes all his donations, and that of his coworkers.

    • I get what you are saying in theory but poor people like us dont have the kind of money required to influence anything.

      Whoever wrote this article is very unlikely to be donating six figures to anybody.

  • No surprises about Kotick’s party alliance, he continues to prove himself a complete arsehole over and over again.

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