EA CEO John Riccitiello Steps Down

Kotaku: Electronic Arts Inc. 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.

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NYC_Gamer1315d ago

I wonder was he forced to step down?many companies are known for these type of actions when expected profit is not being made.

Mac is OK1315d ago (Edited 1315d ago )

Probably, the writing has been on the wall for a while. SWTOR was what sealed his destiny.

nrvalleytime1315d ago

I like how you threw in the word destiny while talking about Star Wars. Well played.

Think about it though - EA has repeatedly been named one of the most hated companies in any industry. When you have that reputation, stellar sales are the only reason to keep a job.

papashango1315d ago

Definitely SWTOR.

Though I'm sure their plan of alternating MoH and BF backfiring, losing on the NBA front. Poor reception of the Dragon Age series. Being voted the worst company of 2012 and the Simcity disaster didn't really help his case.

aiBreeze1315d ago (Edited 1315d ago )

SWTOR left him hanging, Sim City sealed it. Good riddance, the guy is as bad as Kotick if not worse. Also what's with the disagrees about him being forced to step down? It's probably the most likely case, someone has to take the fall when you are constantly dealing with so much bad PR and the biggest head had to roll eventually.

Anyhow, rejoice gamers, this can only be a good thing.. EA can't possibly get any worse. The 18th of March.. should be officially declared gamers day in celebration.

dcbronco1315d ago

I'm sure the Mass Effect debacle didn't help either. I don't even buy a EA game with MP until after a few weeks when the servers are more likely to be working properly. They tried to cut too many corners.

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himdeel1315d ago

I wonder how much money he gets for leaving EA...

yess1315d ago

Just look at his smile...Enough i guess.

Root1315d ago (Edited 1315d ago )

Well he could of been forced


He knew EA were in trouble with how much damage control they've done recently and thought he'd get out of there before it got worse. He might of known they were hated too much and there's nothing he could do

3-4-51315d ago

I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but this guy just looks like he is so out of touch with reality and gaming.

solid_warlord1315d ago (Edited 1315d ago )

John Riccitiello is the illusive man from Mass Effect...the main villian who happen to be a direct real life evil of the video game world...John Riccitiello.

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Grap1315d ago

what a great day for gamers.
that's call for Celebration
F to you Johnny.

Kyosuke_Sanada1315d ago

It would be good day if this event actually constitutes change for the better. It would be a great day if all companies take notice and learn from it.

But don't get too carried away. It's okay to hate the ideas he allowed to perverse gaming but don't hate the person himself.

ginsunuva1315d ago

Don't worry, some other non-gaming greedy business major will take his spot.

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ExCest1315d ago

That's a bit far, don't you think?

And, he isn't "literally" Hitler. Hitler is. Not some other guy who isn't.

TXIDarkAvenger1315d ago

Probably should of added "/s" to my comment mocking N4G on the EA hate train and jokes about EA is literally Hitler.

halocursed1315d ago (Edited 1315d ago )

"A few years ago the game you bought was the game you got"

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