EA’s CEO of 6 years. John Riccitello, is leaving his post at the Publisher as of March 30. The EA board of Director have assigned longtime executive, Larry Probst, as executive chairman until a replacement can be found. Probst has been in a leadership position since 1991, and was CEO from 1991 to 2007. This move comes at an interesting time considering the problems the company has suffered as of late. The awful launch of Sim City may have been the breaking point for shareholders, specifically because of the financial hit the company has to take to make amends with customers. EA is currently offering a free game on Origin to launch purchasers of Sim City. EA is offering Battlefield 3, Bejeweled 3, Dead Space 3, Mass Effect 3, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Plants vs. Zombies, and hilariously, Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition. All great games, with exception of Medal of Honor, but I guess they have to do something with it don’t they. Between the horrible performance of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the Bioware doctors leaving their post, and the Mass Effect 3 debacle, I can’t say I find this surprising. I’m actually impressed he lasted this long, specifically because The Old Republic was his big bet and he lost, big time. At any rate we wish Mr. Riccitello all the best, and await EA maybe making a good decision and appointing Peter Moore CEO.
EA CEO John Riccitello Resigns
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