Poll: How Will John Riccitiello's Departure Affect EA's Future?

March 20, 2013 -

Well, EA's been having a hell of a March, hasn't it?

After one of the single most face-palmingly disastrous product launches in the history of video games, long-time Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has resigned from the company, accepting full responsibility for this year's projected less-than-favorable financial results.

Riccitiello will be hanging around for a few weeks.  After that, former CEO and executive chairman Larry Probst will take over while a replacement CEO is found (my money's on Probst ending up with the job).

So, with different leadership, what do you predict for EA's future?  Is it doom and gloom or sunshine and roses?  Maybe something in between?  Vote in this week's poll then litter the comments section with your opinions and predictions.  You can also send us your thoughts at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com.

On next week's podcast, EZK and I will reveal the poll results and discuss any new SimCity related shenanigans as well as your thoughts on EA's future.  It'll be fun!

Even if I'm barely coherent after spending every waking hour this week playing Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: How Will John Riccitiello's Departure Affect EA's ...

Bioware has proven in which once they were given artistic freedom by EA they decided to please themselves and make games for them but not for the customer. The new team leads and MANY of the decisions they've made hurt them. Not to mention attacking customers at every turn. SWTOR bad decisions happened way before EA bought them out as we have learned. The fact EA went hands off with Bioware for so many years its led it to believe itself as the spoiled child who always gets his or her way. Look at Stanley Woo he was let go by EA HR who had to come him and convince him according to his own blog that he no longer likes his job. Than Bioware let him come back a couple months later and work for free! Bioware needs the paddle

Re: Poll: How Will John Riccitiello's Departure Affect EA's ...

I'd optimistically like to say "Nowhere to go but up."  But realistically, hoping that EA will get a better CEO is like hoping the Catholic church will elect a Pope who would recognize same-sex marriage, endorse contraception and allow female priests.  In other words: Probably not gonna happen anytime soon.

I find it disturbing too that for the last couple of decades, EA's leadership has been a revolving door alternating between Probst and Riccitiello.  It's like the company is locked in this vicious cycle.  Any company who's only had the same two CEO's for that long will stagnate.  And that's exactly what's happening.

Re: Poll: How Will John Riccitiello's Departure Affect EA's ...

Nothing's going to change. Why would EA do anything to risk the cash flow by having someone take them in a new direction?

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Poll: How Will John Riccitiello's Departure Affect EA's ...

Because they want the cash flow to continue? EA's stock is in the toilet and their profits are continuing to fall each quarter.  Its new waters or no fish.

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