Gamasutra Interview: Riccitiello Hates DRM, Respects Protesters, Tackles Controversies

I personally hate DRM," EA CEO John Riccitiello tells Gamasutra.

"I don't like the whole concept; it can be a little bit cumbersome. But I don't like locks on my door, and I don't like to use keys in my car… I'd like to live in a world where there are no passports. Unfortunately, we don't – and I think the vast majority of people voted with their wallets and went out and bought Spore."

Earlier this year, it looked like EA was well on its way down the long, hard road back from being the core market's most hated -- or at least, feared -- publisher.

All this in just a few months – suddenly, it seems like hating on EA might not be out of fashion after all. So what does Riccitiello have to say?

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pixelsword3655d ago

...WHY is no one commenting on this?

Because the title doesn't start a flame war?

Anyways, good job finding this SUP3R.

SUP3R3655d ago (Edited 3655d ago )

and I actually just brought up that exact question in the N4G chatroom.
It looks like the real news readers are leaving the site and it's boiling down to a bunch of fanboys and bullsh*t stories.
The site is going downhill fast.

DoctorBonzai3655d ago (Edited 3655d ago )

“‘I'm guessing that half of them were pirates, and the other half were people caught up in something that they didn’t understand,” he says. “If I’d had a chance to have a conversation with them, they’d have gotten it.”

On the contrary, I had no complaints about the DRM. After all, my torrented, cracked, arrived-a-day-before-retail version of spore didn't have any.

But really- why would pirates complain?

And elsewhere in the article...

"I've invested ego in a lot of things at EA," Riccitiello says. "In quality, in growth, in making it a place that people want to work, being able to embrace artists… I've invested zero ego in Take-Two."

Let's have a show of hands. As of now, who would like to work at EA as opposed to anyone else in the industry? ;)

But anywho, I'm glad he feels that DRM is as much an inconvenience as I do.

Xi3655d ago (Edited 3655d ago )

this is why it fails.

SPECTRUX3655d ago

He is only saying that now because of the whole Spore debacle.