The Croner Software Games Survey is the benchmark survey of the entertainment software industry. This leading-edge report provides compensation data for jobs in all gaming platform types including mobile, social, console, PC, handheld, MMO and casino games.  The Survey has provided market data about positions in companies that publish and/or develop software for entertainment and education in the United States and Canada for 26 years, its scope and content evolving each year to reflect current conditions within the industry.  Major industry players and emerging companies rely upon the survey results to make decisions about pay structure, bonus plans and benefits.

The 2016 North America Croner Software Games Survey Results reports on data from 50 companies and 17,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, including positions and cuts specific to mobile and social gaming.

The 2016 Croner Software Games International Survey Results offers a supplement for compensation data on selected positions in the U.K. and in China.

2017 Croner Software Games Survey Position Grid

Sample Position Information – Exec, IC, Sales

Participant Companies
 

2016 Participant Companies - North America Report
U.S.

Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
Backflip Studios
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America, Inc.
Big Fish Games, Inc.
Blizzard Entertainment
Bungie, Inc.
Capcom USA, Inc.
CCP Games
Crystal Dynamics
Disney Interactive
Electronic Arts Inc.
Epic Games, Inc.
Game Show Network, LLC
Glu Mobile Inc.
GREE International, Inc.
Hasbro, Inc.
High 5 Games
Home Box Office, Inc.
Insomniac Games, Inc.
Jam City (formerly SGN Games, Inc.)
Kabam, Inc.
King Digital Entertainment plc (Midasplayer.com Ltd)
KingsIsle Entertainment Inc.
KIXEYE Inc.
Konami Gaming, Inc.
Ludia Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
MobilityWare
NCSOFT Corporation
Nexon America Inc.
Nintendo of America Inc.
Perfect World Entertainment
Pocket Gems, Inc.
Retro Studios, Inc.
Riot Games, Inc.
Sanzaru Games, Inc.
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE LLC)
Square Enix, Inc.
Storm8, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Telltale Games Inc.
Tencent America LLC
The Pokemon Company International, Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
UbiSoft, Inc.
Wargaming Public Co Ltd
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Zynga Inc.

Canada
Activision Blizzard, Inc.
Capcom Game Studio Vancouver, Inc.
Disney Interactive
Electronic Arts Inc.
Glu Mobile Inc.
Kabam, Inc.
Ludia Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Nintendo of America Inc.
Relic Entertainment Inc.
Square Enix, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Zynga Inc.

Added for 2017 Participation - North America
Hi-Rez Studios, Inc.
Psyonix, Inc.
The Pokemon Company International, Inc.
UbiSoft Divertissements Inc.

2016 Participant Companies - International Supplement
Activision Blizzard, Inc.
CCP Games
Epic Games, Inc.
Hi-Rez Studios, Inc.
King Digital Entertainment plc
Microsoft Corporation
NCSOFT
SEGA Europe Ltd.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

 

Position Grids & Job Families Reported
 

To view a pdf of the complete list of positions reported by family and by level, please click here: 2017 Croner Software Games Survey Position Grid

Job Families, North America Survey:
Studio Management
Line of Business Management
Production Management
PD Creative
Producing
Live Ops Producing
Monetization
Product Management
Game Directing
Systems Design
Game Design
Technical Game Design
Level Layout Design
Mathematics
Writing
Story
Dialogue
Sound / Audo
Composing
Software Engineering
Art
Technical Art
Concept Art
User Experience Design
User Interface / User Experience Art
User Interface Engineering
Animation
Technical Animation
Video Editing
Localization
Technology & Infrastructure
Server Engineering
Platform Engineering
Database Engineering
DevOps Engineering
Engine SW Engineering
Tools SW Engineering
Security Engineering
Release Engineering
Release Management
Technical Writing
Digital Assets Management
Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Engineering
Quality Assurance Analysis
Quality Assurance Testing
Mastering Lab
Customer Support Services
In Game Support
Operations
Operations Generalist
Marketing
Digital Marketing
Direct Marketing
Player Engagement
Community
Community Architecture
User Acquisition
Product Marketing
Channel Marketing
Creative Services
Creative Services Graphics
Creative Services Writing
Creative Services Multimedia
Creative Services Project Management
Public Relations
Trade Show / Events
Esports
Esports Shoutcasting
Esports Events / Productions
Market Research
User Experience / Usability Research
Business Intelligence Research
Gameplay Analytics
Data Science
Business Intelligence Engineering
Website
Website Development
Business Development
Game Evaluation
Licensing
Sales Management
Field Sales Regional
Field Sales National
eCommerce Sales
In Game Advertising Sales Manager
Sales Analysis
Sales Administration
Account Management
Legal Services
Finance
Accounting
Finance Royalty Accounting
Human Resources
Recruiting
Internal Communications
Outsourcing Administration

 

Policy Data Collected
 

 

  • Participant Profile
    • Participants
    • Ownership and Business Model Overview
    • Types of Software
    • Platforms
    • Geographic Distribution
    • Work Force Sizes
    • Start of Fiscal Year
    • Last Fiscal Year Revenues
    • Turnover
  • Short-Term Incentive Plans
    • Prevalence of Short-Term Incentive Plans
    • Changes to Short-Term Incentive Plans
    • Short-Term Incentive Plan Eligibility
    • Short-Term Incentive Plan Design Features
  • Product Development-specific Incentive Plans
    • Prevalence of Product Development Incentive Plans
    • Changes to Product Development Incentive Plans
    • Product Development Incentive Plan Eligibility
    • Product Development Incentive Plan Design Features
    • Dealer / Distributor Sales Incentive Plans
    • Prevalence of Sales Plans
    • Changes to Sales Plans
    • Sales Plan Features
    • Cost of Dealer / Distributor Sales Compensation
  • Long-term Incentive Plans
    • Ownership Categories for Long-Term Incentive Plan Analysis
    • Prevalence of Long-Term Incentive Plans
    • Changes to Long-Term Incentive Plans
    • Long-Term Incentive Plan Eligibility
    • Long-Term Incentive Plan Design Features
    • New Hire and Ongoing Grants
    • Stock Option Plan Vesting
    • Restricted Stock (Units) Plan Vesting
    • Long-Term Incentive Award Sizes - Publicly-traded Companies
    • LTI Award Sizes - Percent of Total Shares Outstanding Granted in Privately-held Company
  • Deferred Compensation and Selected Benefits
    • Deferred Compensation - Retirement Plans
    • 401(k) Plan Characteristics
    • Employee Stock Purchase Plans
    • Time off
    • Insurance Programs
    • Other Selected Benefits

To view a sample plan design table, please click here: Sample Plan Design Table

Position Data Reported
 

To view sample position data, please click here:
Sample Position Information - Exec, IC, Sales

Position Data Reported For Every Position:

  •     Number of Incumbents Reported
  •     Number of Companies with Match
  •     Geographic Composition
  •     FLSA Status
  •     Total Average Supervised
  •     Incentive Plan Elgibility
  •     Incentive Plan Type
  •     LTI Elgibility
  •     LTI Awards Received
  •     Base Salary
  •     Target Total Cash Compensation
  •     Actual Total Cash Compensation
  •     Actual Cash Awards as % of Base Salary
  •     Annualized NPV of LTI Awards
  •     Total Direct Compensation
  •     Paired Comparison Postion Match Analysis for Base Salary, Actual Total Cash Compensation and Total Direct Compensation
  •     Differentials of average pay between organization levels by job family category

Data Cuts Reported Where Applicable:

Platform
Console / PC
Mobile
MMOG
Social Networks
Handheld Devices
Casino Games

Business Model
Publisher
Developer
Developer with Digital Sales
Casino Gaming

U.S. Region Differentials reports for all positions excluding executives and Canada, compensation
information for each of six defined U.S. regions.
U.S. Selected Sub Region Differentials reports for all positions excluding executives, sales and
Canada, compensation information for selected sub regions.
U.S. Metropolitan Differentials reports for all positions excluding executives and Canada,
compensation information for selected U.S. metropolitan areas.
Canada Province Differentials reports, for all positions in Canada excluding executives, compensation
information for Canada provinces.
Canada Metropolitan Differentials reports, for all positions excluding executives, compensation
results for selected metropolitan areas.
Revenue Differentials reports, for Chief Executive Officer, compensation results by revenue category to assist participants in determining scope-related compensation.
Headcount Differentials reports, for Chief Executive Officer, compensation results by revenue category to assist participants in determining scope-related compensation.
Tenure Differentials reports compensation results for incumbents who have been with the company
sufficient time to earn a full year of incentive awards.

Tools for Analysis (provided in separate tabs in Compensation Data Results Excel workbook):

  • Methodology and Terminology
  • U.S. Chief Executive Officer Revenue and Headcount Regressions
  • Paired Comparision: Position Match Analysis
  • Titles Matched

Custom Cut of Data For an additional fee of $450, the participant company may select a subset of companies from the full participant list for a custom cut of data. A minimum of ten companies is required.

     

Participation Fees
 

North America Survey

The 2018 Participation Fee is $8,700. The fee includes the 2018 Full Report along with the Interim Salary Budget Supplement.

Custom Cut of Data for Participants 
For an additional fee, a participant company may select a subset of companies from the participant list for a custom cut of the data set. A minimum selection of ten companies is required.  A custom cut of the data set for "All Incumbents" is $450. A custom rerun of the data set including all data cuts is $875.

Purchase of the Current Published Report - North America 
By signing a Participation Agreement for the 2018 Survey and paying a 50% non-refundable deposit toward the 2018 participation fee, a company may purchase the current published Survey data without having participated.  There are two purchase options:

Purchase Option #1: 2017 Full Report of Results $16,400

  • The 2017 Full Report of Results is available for purchase is $16,400 plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $4,350 towards the 2018 participation fee.
  • Total payment required to receive the 2018 Full Report of Results is $20,750. ($16,400 purchase price plus $3,850 deposit towards 2017 participation.)
  • In order to receive the 2018 Full Report of Results,  your company's survey submission would be due in August 2018 along with the second half participation fee payment of $4,350 due in October 2018.

Purchase Option #2:  2017 Compensation Data for 10 Positions $4,350

  • Compensation data only, for up to 10 positions, from the 2017 Full Report is $4,350, plus a non-refundable deposit of 50% towards the 2018 participation fee.
  • Total payment required is $8,700. ($4,100 purchase plus $4,350 deposit towards 2018 participation.)
  • As a committed and signed Participant for 2017, your company's survey submission would be due in August 2018 along with the second half participation fee payment of $4,350 due in October 2018.  This will entitle your organization to receive the 2018 Full Report of Results.

U.K. International Survey

The 2018 Participation Fee is $5,000.

Purchase of the Current Published Report - International Supplement
By signing a Participation Agreement for the 2018 Survey and paying a 50% non-refundable deposit toward the 2018 participation fee, a company may purchase the current published Survey data without having participated.

  • The 2017 Results are available for purchase for $7,000, plus a non-refundable 50% deposit of $2,500 towards the 2018 participation fee.  Total payment due to receive data is $9,500.

 

Survey Schedule
 

2018 Survey Planning Meeting: Thursday, May 24, 2018  Electronic Arts Inc. - Redwood City, CA
2018 Questionnaire Distribution: Early July
2018 Data Effective Date: July 1
2018 Completion Deadline: August 15th 
2018 Full Report of Results Published: Late November 
2018 Report of Results Webinar: Mid December 
2018 Salary Budgets Survey Supplement:  August Questionnaire Distribution, September Results Published

 

Confidentiality
 

The Croner Company conducts this Survey as an independent third party to ensure the confidentiality and consistency of the data provided. All data are held in strict confidence and are reported only in summary form. No attribution is made to any specific data from any participating companies. The Croner Company aggregates data using DOJ "Safe Harbor Guidelines" to ensure full regulatory compliance of the Survey report. Survey reports are distributed only to participants and all participants are required to sign an agreement that confirms they will abide by our confidentiality standards.

Register to Participate
 

To register your company for participation in this Survey or to ask questions about participation, please contact Susan Cronk at (415) 485-5512 or email us at info@croner.biz.