Posts Tagged ‘John Riccitiello’

Offline: EA CEO John Riccitiello Has Stepped Down

By John Walker on March 18th, 2013.


Well another person has learned: you don’t mess with Rock, Paper, Shotgun. It seems our coverage of the SimCity… no, not really. The rather more unfortunate reason for EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello’s stepping down is due to the publisher’s struggles to turn a profit, alongside warnings that the next quarter’s targets won’t be met.

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It’s Alive, It’s Alive, It’s Alive: PC Gaming

By Adam Smith on July 23rd, 2012.

John Riccitiello, yesterday

If PC gaming had actually died on the numerous occasions when somebody has fumbled for and failed to find a pulse in its mechanical innards, I wouldn’t even be here to tell you that it’s alive again. Thankfully, as is clear by the amount of time and money it’s possible to spend in these imagined realms, the mighty PC is not only in rude health, it has a cocksure spring in its step as well. Even EA Chief Executive John Riccitiello has noticed the swagger, telling CNBC: “The fastest growing platform for video games today is the PC”. Thanks, Mr Riccitiello! “…but it’s growing through subscriptions, through micro transactions and through downloads.” Oh criminy, this isn’t just a pat on the back, is it?

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EA Looked To Buy Mojang, No Sale

By Jim Rossignol on August 6th, 2011.

Hello, ladies.
EA CEO John Riccitiello recently met with Notch with (reportedly) a view to acquiring the Minecraft creating company, according to an interview with Develop. “EA came to see us,” says Notch. “I think they had plans, but picked up the vibe. Nothing’s been said since – it’s all very high politics,”

Notch has stated that EA made no direct offer, but that acquisitiveness makes sense, given Mr R’s history. But Mojang is basically not for sale, and frankly why would it be? Minecraft recently hit three million copies sold and Notch is richer than the rest of indie game dev put together. I think there’s a point where you can stop worrying about money, and Mr P has hit it: “I play their games, and they make great games, but we are too far from each other,” said Notch of EA. “They can make their games, and I’ll buy them. We’ll make ours, and they can buy them. Not the property – that’s ours. But they can play it like everyone else.”

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EA Aren’t Giving Up On PCs, Pessimism

By John Walker on May 14th, 2008.


John Riccitiello, the big boss at EA, has taken a pretty negative view of PC boxed sales. Kotaku quote him saying,

“Were it not for The Sims and the WoW box sales, it’d be a pretty dismal sector.”

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