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EA Bashing

In the vein of the 2004 EA Spouse incident comes a blog called EA Louse, which is ostensibly by an EA/Mythic employee disgruntled because he will be laid off next month. The blog has scathing comments, saying Mythic is dying, the project leaders on Warhammer "did not know what they were doing," Mark Jacobs was fired, that BioWare has spent more money on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic ($300 million) than James Cameron spent on Avatar, that in spite of that the Star Wars MMOG is "a joke," and more. He sums up his concerns saying: "So there it is. Rewarding the incompetent. Firing the competent," and explains his anonymity saying: "I say it anonymously so I can keep my next few paychecks coming." It should be stressed again, however, that this has not been confirmed as being genuine. Thanks Computer and Video Games.

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21. Re: EA Bashing Oct 13, 2010, 12:16 bhcompy
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2010, 12:09:
EA has whittled down the Mythic team and replaced with their own people since the buyout. It's what EA does to everyone.

I'd like to think this is changing. Like to. You see examples of the opposite more often.

It's not hard to understand, though. You buy a company for three reasons:
1) It's a great core that has a lot of room to grow.
2) It's got potential but not all the pieces to get there
3) It's useless outside of IP

Company 1 you fund and leave alone. Company 2 you put your people in but for god'ssake recognize the culture and don't destroy what makes the company as good as it is. Company 3 you let go.

Seems like publishers love taking Company 1 and meddling with them until they become Company 2 due to departures, and end up driving them into becoming Company 3. Do not get it. You buy a company because of their core and their abilities and then you destroy it?

I so want to get into a publisher and see their reasoning, as there has to be some. And I want to be the guy that does it right.

The problem can be identified with one sole cause. Shareholders. Take a private company public and you have major problems, especially when the insiders don't have control over the majority of the stock.

Google is experiencing problems, as reported yesterday, because they make many long term investments with a great deal of risk. Shareholders are complaining that the company could be making more money than they currently are because of these investments(and Google already makes money hand of fist), but since Google retains the bulk of it's shares, it's able to deflect that criticism, which is something EA and Activision can't do.
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