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Submitted by -Mezzo- 648d ago | article

John Riccitiello Steps Down As EA CEO - Why, And What Now?

Forbes - EA CEO John Riccitiello will step down as Chief Executive Officer and from the Board of Directors, effective March 30, it has been announced. (EA, Industry, John Riccitiello)

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Godmars290  +   648d ago
more than likely, Sim city is the cherry on to sh*it Sunday they've been making for years. "Everything gets micro-transactions - oops! - No it doesn't!" and the ME3 backlash probably didn't help things.
Captain Tuttle  +   647d ago
If it was one or two games I think that The Old Republic would have to be listed, huge money pit.

It probably had more to do with the abysmal performance of their stock last 5 years
maniacmayhem  +   647d ago
That and the Medal of Honor games couldn't have helped him and his situation.
MikeMyers  +   647d ago
The Old Republic was a huge investment that didn't really pan out.
ArronC07  +   647d ago
Who actually gives a toss? One faceless suit will be replaced by another faceless suit and they will continue the process of reducing our consumer rights (by pushing digital distribution) and continue to find new ways to get you to pay for content that that should be part of the game in the first place (through day-one dlc and micro-transactions.)

And someone will always be there to justify it.
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grifter024  +   647d ago
The difference is hopefully this shows that the consumers of video games are not children who buy the newest thing because it's "Gory," Or so much like another franchise.

Hopefully this and EA's stock prices soaring lower than the Mariana trench bottom will show other companies that gamers aren't stupid about their money.
Drakesfortune  +   647d ago
Question for you people, if Ea appointed you what would you do in your new position?
Soldierone  +   647d ago
Honestly this doesn't benefit us. All this position is for is for EA to make money. A new person steps in and now implements idea's to making money. Take fee's to play further? Raise prices again? Cut out even more content for DLC? Who knows.

The games are fine, its the business tactics people hate. Always on SimCity? Yikes.... However that proves my point. It was the publishers like EA that wanted consoles to have always on DRM and block used titles.
azshorty2003  +   647d ago
Or maybe someone could get appointed who can find ways to make money Without trying to bend gamers over.
DeadlyFire  +   646d ago
Well EA didn't turn south until a year or so after this guy took over as CEO. Most of its games were decent before then. CEO might not get to see all of the games up front, but this guy running the company seems bad for business to me. Glad he is gone and the other guy is back for now.
maelstromb  +   647d ago
Now's your chance, Cliffy B!! Haha.
BLow  +   647d ago
So I wonder if Peter Moore is going to take his position. Remember the "so called deal" between EA and MS because EA wasn't at Sony's reveal. Hmmm...Ex Xbox guy makes deal with EA and may to become the new CEO. Who knows and with so many side deals going on in the industry, it's hard to keep up. Money talks and make the world go around. Just can't wait for the Xbox reveal and E3 so all the crap will be put to rest. Hurry, please!!!!
Soldierone  +   647d ago
Don't really see why that would be worth getting promoted. It's not hard to work a deal with MS. Tell them you will give them a time exclusive deal and they will throw millions of dollars at you.....

If anything it will hurt EA in the long run. Sony has worked closely with them as partners, and they want to ruin that for a quick buck?

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