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Old 03-18-2013, 06:23 PM #1
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CEO of EA 'Steps Down'

looks like john rigatoni finally got ****-canned. i guess it's only fitting considering EA has been bouncing from one PR disaster to another for the past several years.

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REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that John Riccitiello will step down as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors, effective March 30. The Board has appointed Larry Probst as Executive Chairman to ensure a smooth transition and to lead EA's executive team while the Board conducts a search for a permanent CEO. The Board will consider internal and external candidates with the assistance of a leading executive search firm.

"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," said Mr. Probst. "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."
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:38 PM #2
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As much as I like to use this info to troll Sim City threads and EA defenders, it probably doesn't mean much. I imagine EA will spin this info as taking the company in a new direction, right before they release their "All new always-always online-online DRM MMO" where they add a chat room to some single player game and claim that it really needs the servers!
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:47 PM #3
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They're gonna drag this dudes name through the mud so hard. He's about to become EA's scapegoat for the past year or so. He probably had a lot to do with their failures, but as CEO he's supposed to be making the stockholders money so microtransactions and DRM makes sense from that perspective. I can't imagine the next CEO to be any better, and they've probably already put too many resources into continuing in their present direction to stop all the stupid **** they're doing. This really doesn't change much.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:37 PM #4
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they make it sound like what he did by coming up with this crap was a good thing. I remember reading his **** at the beginning of last year when he said that BF3 needed to be more like COD with subscriptions and percs for monthly payments. They wont get any better with a new CEO it will be the same **** with a new package.
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Oh boy! You can tell that with the new face of EA that all the dark stormy clouds will disappear and rainbows of proper business strategies that cater to their audience will flow through and we can all live in harmony with this "new EA" now that the bad guy is gone. Or not...
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Dont really care about company or what they do/dont do. However EA and Ubisoft is where its at for some quality titles. They know the right studios to goto to have something developed. all I can say. Cant wait for some BF4 XD
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Dont really care about company or what they do/dont do. However EA and Ubisoft is where its at for some quality titles. They know the right studios to goto to have something developed. all I can say. Cant wait for some BF4 XD
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It's not like he is leaving because SimCity's always online model is terrible, or that Mass Effect 3's ending sucks, or Battlefield Premium, or anything else that EA's detractors hate. He's leaving because of massive failures like The Old Republic. EA wasn't seeing the growth that stock holders need to see. Which means, no one should be rejoicing over this, because it will most likely only get worse.
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