Former EA CEO John Riccitiello Takes Over Unity, Founder David Helgason To Stay
Unity has announced a leadership change as founder David Helgason steps down to focus on the company’s strategy. His replacement is a familiar face in the gaming world. Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello will lead the engine company.
In a note on the Unity homepage, Helgason says that the vision for the company will not change. “John completely agrees with our vision and our strategy,” Helgason writes. “If anything it means that we’ll be more focused than ever about making sure everyone has access to the best technology and services. We want all of you to have the best tools and opportunities, and we’re going to do everything we can to make that happen across the board.”
Recently, there were rumors that Unity was shopping itself around in hopes of a buyout. The company firmly put down those reports, stating that it had every intention of remaining independent. Riccitiello departed Electronic Arts in 2013 and joined Unity’s board shortly thereafter.
This is a big get for Unity, as Riccitiello has a great deal of experience in the field. He is well respected in the industry (despite what some consumers think about EA and his time there).