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NKD wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 18:46:
Honestly the negative attitudes about John Riccitiello largely come from gamers who know basically zero about business or what a CEO even does. Some game ends up sucking or having questionable design decisions, and somehow that's the CEOs fault. That might be true at some tiny ass developer, but at a large company the CEO is largely concerned with the big picture, not what map size is appropriate for fucking SimCity.

John probably saved EA as COO, and then later on as CEO he was really good for the company. He had a bad year at the end, but still. Unless the dude is bringing the entirety of EA management and development with him, the shortcomings of some EA titles are irrelevant to what he might do at Unity.


Good for EA doesn't mean good for gamers. Look at all the shit that has happened in the industry, arguably under EA's (his) tutelage since they're the leader:
- Season Passes and (day one) DLC that should have been included
- Removal of ability to mod games
- Online DRM for single player games
- Overpriced "digital deluxe" versions
- Multiplayer forced into singleplayer games for no reason
- Much more bullshit

Almost all of these are perceived as naked money grabs over producing a superior product, and gamers are understandably pissed. And just like the president, the CEO of the leading company in the games industry gets the lion's share of the blame when things go south, and too much credit when things work out. In his case, things went south.
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