GamaSutra - As Electronic Arts marches toward a post-John Riccitiello future, I've seen a lot of commentary on where the company may be headed, or the legacy he might leave behind. But let's think about how the company arrived where it is today.
Riccitiello, a giant among game industry executives, has been the target of criticism from both investors and vocal video game fans pretty much from day one. But despite the criticism, he was always trying to lead the company in the direction the industry is inevitably headed: digital and online. The problem with Riccitiello's EA, however, has been that the execution never quite lived up to his grand online vision.