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EA has announced that CEO John Riccitiello will be stepping down from the leadership position and the company's board of directors March 30. He will be temporarily replaced by executive chairman Larry Probst, who was CEO at EA from 1991 to 2007, when Riccitiello took the post.
"We thank John for his contributions to EA since he was appointed CEO in 2007, especially the passion, dedication and energy he brought to the company every single day," Probst said. "John has worked hard to lead the company through challenging transitions in our industry, and was instrumental in driving our very significant growth in digital revenues. We appreciate John's leadership and the many important strategic initiatives he has driven for the company. We have mutually agreed that this is the right time for a leadership transition."
Probst will take on Riccitiello's duties until a permanent replacement is discovered.
"EA is an outstanding company with creative and talented employees, and it has been an honor to serve as the company's CEO," Riccitiello said. "I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and after six years I feel it is the right time for me pass the baton and let new leadership take the company into its next phase of innovation and growth. I remain very optimistic about EA's future – there is a world-class team driving the company's transition to the next-generation of game consoles."
The transition from current-gen hardware to the next generation is bound to be a challenging one for large companies such as EA. Players have come to expect AAA experiences from them, and it's an expensive proposition on familiar hardware. The company has also learned some expensive lessons from its Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO and its attempts to crack the mobile- and casual-gaming spaces. EA is a public company first and foremost, and if stockholders aren't getting the returns they expect, heads roll.
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hopefully the new ceo will patch things up with nintendo
OFF WITH HIS HEAD HAHAHAHA
all im gonna say is who the hell cares really no one likes EA that much after the sim city fiasco and trying to force origin down consoles throats like they tried to do on the wii u and im glad nintendo said no cause EA would of had complete control over the wii u s online network but i know nintendo is handling the miiverse and nintendo network just fine and doesnt need EAs greedy hands over it but like i said im hoping they dont try to shaft ps3 and 360 gamers with origin ill back them up if Ea does that kind of $hit
And take those online passes with you!
Is it just me or does the dude look like a Serial Killer?
I wonder if I can become the next CEO of EA
I can breath and tie my shoes. So I'm pretty much overqualified
Maybe EA will stop giving Nintendo the shaft, and support the Wii U more than they have been.
"I might as well step down after I messed up a bunch of stuff, most recently Sim City. I also have no concrete plans for the next generation, beyond pumping out sequels and trying to keep up with Activision's Call of Duty.
An "outstanding" company? Yeah, that describes EA to the letter. . .
Ah yes, "outstanding". The term used to describe publishers who have produced excellent titles and treated consumers fairly over the past few years. We have dismissed that claim.
Wow, this guy took charge just before the economic collapse in 2008. I recently saw a video about gaming companies since that outlined how EA and other's have been at at best HALF of their pre-collapse value. (www.youtube.com/watch)
This guy is responsible in some way for almost every money scrounging desperate plea from EA that's pissed off customers for years, all because of his desperation to not leave the company worse off than when he came into it, only to have every measure hated and backfire on the company.
I'm not sure whether to be pleased at his leaving or to pity him for his failures.
he looks like a sloth.