Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Electronic Arts CEO resigns

Electronic Arts (EA) announced that their CEO, John Riccitiello, resigned from his position as of 30 March 2013.

The reason for the resignation Riccitiello unknown. He served as CEO of EA since April 2007. Although Riccitiello will leave the company, but he is optimistic about the future of EA who nurtured world-class development team.

"EA is an outstanding company with creative and talented employees, and an honor for me to serve as CEO. I am proud of what we did together, and after six years, I was now the right time to be looking for a new leader for the EA to bring companies in innovation and subsequent growth, "wrote Riccitiello said in a statement.

Riccitiello's departure along with a new SimCity game problems, called by his players unsatisfactory because of problems on the server. Yet , at the same time, EA announced SimCity has sold over 1 million copies since its launch two weeks ago.

Riccitiello is not new to EA. He had joined the giant producers since October 1997 as President & COO. In 2004, Riccitiello decided to turn away from EA, then in 2007 he returned to the office of a relatively classy as CEO.

Now, not only the letter of resignation Riccitiello until kejajaran directors, he is also rumored to have sent a farewell email to his officers at EA.

Gaming companies like EA and Activision Blizzard, which previously focused on game consoles, dropped in the middle of the mobile era, in which users begin to switch play free games from smartphones and tablets. EA has acquired berusahan stub (startup) to invest in the game and mobile lines, but they were ambushed by a well-established mobile players, like Rovio and Zynga.

"We have missed the internal operating plan that we set a year ago," said Riccitiello in a letter of resignation. "EA shareholders and employees expect better, and I am responsible for all the loss."

Former EA CEO Larry Probst who now serves as executive chairman, believed by the company to find a new CEO.

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