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March 20, 2013 | 1:30 p.m.

John Riccitiello exits EA: Tenure had ups, downs … and more downs

Former EA CEO John Riccitiello, seen prior to the 2010 E3 Conference.
[For the Record, 2:47 p.m. PST  March 20: This post has been updated to include remarks from an EA spokesman.] John Riccitiello ended his tenure as the chief executive of EA on Monday, holding himself fully accountable for the company’s recent disappointing financial returns. Electronic Arts has long been one of the big players in the video game industry but recently has fallen short of revenue goals amid public relations disasters. Riccitiello took the reins of the company in 2007, built around tent-pole releases, sports titles and licensed tie-ins, and he shook things up. “Back in 2007, EA was at its zenith. John told employees that they may think they’re on top, but the company was just a few years away from disappearing. He said that the same digital transformation that disrupted newspapers and music, was about to clobber games. […]
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