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John Riccitiello Leaving EA

John Riccitiello is stepping down from his post as EA CEO effective March 30th, reports Polygon, saying he will be replaced on an interim day-to-day basis by Riccitiello's predecessor Larry Probst as they hunt for a permanent replacement. They have a copy of his resignation letter to the board, which suggests by its tone was requested. "This is a tough decision, but it all comes down to accountability," Riccitiello resignation letter reads. "The progress EA has made on transitioning to digital games and services is something I'm extremely proud of. However, it currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued in January, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. EA's shareholders and employees expect better and I am accountable for the miss."

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69. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 19, 2013, 16:01 Beamer
Verno wrote on Mar 19, 2013, 15:58:
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 19, 2013, 09:36:
Are you kidding? Have you seen gamers comments and game reviews? If you don't up the ante, you get no sales and a very bad review.

I would ask you the same question. The companies largely ignore user comments and buy up a good portion of their reviews with advertising dollars anyway. Have you seen what development costs have become? It's not sustainable at its current rate of growth, there is no math to support it other than titles moving unrealistic numbers on each platform. That's why the industry is trying to wring every last penny out of DLC and etc.

I don't think that a good portion of reviews are bought (or, rather, I don't think they're outwardly purchased. Whether they're done simply by adverting on a site and having a good relationship is another story, and one that will never, ever change), but yeah, otherwise I agree. Development costs aren't sustainable. DLC is a way to remedy this.

I still think cheaper pricing may be another way, but it isn't like I've even done a back of the envelope model. Just a hypothesis I'd love some data to crunch through.
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