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Madden Ratings Czar, Donny Moore, Leaving EA Sports

by Mike Futter on Jul 02, 2015 at 07:52 AM

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People love to hate him (and, some years, hate to love him), but he’s leaving all that behind. Donny Moore, who has served as the Madden NFL “ratings czar,” is leaving EA after 16 years at the company.

Moore has been responsible for determining player ratings, drawing criticism (and praise) from players and fans alike. He’s been lobbied by NFL stars who think their stats should be higher, and the object of derision for those up-and-comers who have yet to earn the 99 rating they think they so richly deserve.

Moore hasn’t yet discussed where he’ll be heading next. For more on sports game ratings, you can read a feature written by Matt Bertz earlier this year.

[Source: Donny Moore on Twitter]


Our Take
Players are never going to be happy with their ratings, which means Moore’s email and phone are constant lit up with NFL stars hoping to appeal the decision. Moore and his team have kept ratings updated throughout the season, giving players an experience reflective of real world play. He’s not going to be easy to replace, and we’d understand if his successor isn’t just a little frightened.