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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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9. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 17:03 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 16:55:
This is a Ruse; EA thinks that if they get this guy to step down, people will lay the blame solely on this guy for all of EAS short coming in the past few years. This nothing but a move to try and get people to have that happy feel good feeling. Sorry EA your Jedi Mind tricks donít work on me.

Jedi Mind trick? You'd need a mind for that one, eh?

A guy is stepping down from a job he loves and makes millions in. Yeah, there's likely a golden parachute, but when you already have millions more millions don't really help you sleep better after admitting to the entire world that you failed at your job.

There is no Jedi Mind trick here. A CEO just admitted failure. That's not some kind of "feel-good" thing, that's a major admission that the entire company is moving in a bad direction.

Though, I'd argue, a smarter direction than it did under Probst, who was CEO from like '97-07. Riccitiello ruined approximately 0 studios you love (well, I dunno, jury is still out, I guess, on BioWare.) Probst ruined, like, all of them.

Riccitiello had a more careful, delicate hand with studios.
 
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8. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 17:00 Quboid
 
Darks wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 16:55:
This is a Ruse; EA thinks that if they get this guy to step down, people will lay the blame solely on this guy for all of EAS short coming in the past few years. This nothing but a move to try and get people to have that happy feel good feeling. Sorry EA your Jedi Mind tricks donít work on me.

I really don't think they give a damn about you or me. This is bigger than what annoying little customers are worried about.

We'll never know, but I wonder if the SimCity debacle has anything at all to do with this. Probably not.
 
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7. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:55 Darks
 
This is a Ruse; EA thinks that if they get this guy to step down, people will lay the blame solely on this guy for all of EAS short coming in the past few years. This nothing but a move to try and get people to have that happy feel good feeling. Sorry EA your Jedi Mind tricks donít work on me.  
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6. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:55 Mr. Tact
 
I'm sure he'll sign on and make millions in salary somewhere else.  
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5. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:52 MoreLuckThanSkill
 
This is not uncommon in corporate America or the rest of the world. The real question is, how large of a golden parachute is he going to get? I would assume it'll be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Whoever ultimately replaces him will be just as eager to 'monetize' everything EA makes at the expense of customers.
 
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4. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:44 Beamer
 
Whoa.  
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3. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:39 Wolfox
 
mch wrote on Mar 18, 2013, 16:34:
Seppuku?

If you mean an honorable self-discharge in order to avoid greater shame, perhaps. I'm not sure if Riccitiello is personally responsible for EA's failures in recent times (after all, I'm sure they have a LOT of directors making bad calls), but EA is likely not much worried about it. They want a scapegoat, and they found one.

I don't know if this is good or bad, but at least it's some kind of change. Or perhaps not. We'll see.
 
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2. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:37 Killswitch
 
Seppuku Station from Shadow Warrior? =)  
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1. Re: John Riccitiello Leaving EA Mar 18, 2013, 16:34 mch
 
Seppuku?  
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