When it comes to a publicly traded company comprising thousands of employees around the world, no one person can have such an affect that the fate of that company is decided on whether or not they’re involved… or is that true?
We learned of the resignation of EA CEO John Riccitiello today, a man who has guided the publisher through a number of transitions and hard time over the last six years while working to clean up the company’s image of ‘the bad guy’ in the industry. This Question of the Day asks:
What’s the future of EA without John Riccitiello?
Under Riccitiello’s leadership, EA’s FIFA and Battlefield series have gone from strength to strength, while the publisher’s move into digital games and services has begun to pay handsome dividends, now contributing in important ways to annual revenue. EA also began testing the waters with new intellectual property, which resulting in the success of the Dead Space franchise, and at least one shot at an experiment in Mirror’s Edge.
EA has also been burdened by the weight of Star Wars: The Old Republic, however, and the enormous resources that went into that title over the last few years, while the recent SimCity launch troubles have put EA under a lot of pressure these past few weeks.
What affect do you think the departure of John Riccitiello will have on EA as a whole? Do you think the company will drastically change course and become a lot more conservative than previously, or will new leadership spark new experiments, new ventures and new intellectual property?
How will EA change, if at all, following Riccitiello’s resignation?
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