March 19, 2013
John Riccitiello Steps Down at Electronic Arts
Yesterday, John Riccitiello announced that he will be stepping down as EA’s CEO. He was hired as EA’s CEO back in 2007 and the company, while publishing some very good original IP’s under his tenure, the company has been struggling as of late. Chairman Larry Probst will be the acting executive until a successor is named. According to GameSpot, current COO Peter Moore, and EA Labels President Frank Gibeau are the leading internal candidates. Moore was at Microsoft from 2003 to 2007 which was in my opinion the height of the Xbox brand, Moore was also at Sega during the gamer praised Dreamcast era. Moore seems to know what works and how to make gamers happy. Not that Don Mattrick is doing a bad job, the 360 continues to put up impressive numbers, but the happy casual crowd can only carry you so far, and loosing exclusives can be costly. It will be interesting to see how EA moves into the future after this departure.