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So... EA's new CEO...

#1KillerTrufflePosted 9/18/2013 9:34:11 AM
Can someone explain why EA would dump one CEO and replace him with another who promises to "continue as before?" Isn't the entire reason of replacing a CEO to *change* the direction of the company and improve it? What good does "continue as before" do anyone?

I'm especially excited about EA's continued determination that all games will be free-to-play models. Everything about this makes me wonder what the point was of changing anything when they're not going to actually change anything.

*sigh*

http://www.ea.com/news/a-message-from-ceo-andrew-wilson
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#2SinisterSlayPosted 9/18/2013 9:38:42 AM
That entire speech is lifted from the "big book of business BS" or the 4b for short.

Just ignore it, he used 300 words to say nothing, as typical of any business communication.
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#3GoIrish80Posted 9/18/2013 9:38:54 AM
Uh hate to say it, but the whole "free to play" thing *is* the change. It's not like that's something that's been around for a really long time.
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#4KillerTruffle(Topic Creator)Posted 9/18/2013 9:43:47 AM
GoIrish80 posted...
Uh hate to say it, but the whole "free to play" thing *is* the change. It's not like that's something that's been around for a really long time.


But EA had already announced they were moving that direction before they pulled the CEO swap. It's something they'd already been looking at. I wonder if this new guy was the one behind that idea? It actually kind of makes sense for his sports games - have the game itself free to play, and all you do is buy new rosters via microtransactions or whatever every year. For other games tho, it's a pretty stupid idea.

Regardless, any excitement I had at the possibility EA might change it's recent tune is definitely gone. :\
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#5GoldninjaPosted 9/18/2013 12:39:19 PM
It's possible they just needed a scapegoat to fire and then go on business as usual.
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#6DerPancakePosted 9/18/2013 12:50:28 PM
Good bye John, you will be missed.

He was very good friends with Gabe Newell.

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#7PraetorXynPosted 9/18/2013 12:57:44 PM
Goldninja posted...
They just needed a scapegoat to fire and then go on business as usual.

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#8dermoratrakenPosted 9/18/2013 12:59:52 PM
I like how making good games isn't his first priority. You'd think with all that bs he'd have at least pretended it was.
#9r0ge00Posted 9/18/2013 1:13:06 PM
dermoratraken posted...
I like how making good games isn't his first priority. You'd think with all that bs he'd have at least pretended it was.


Why? People will buy The Sims, Madden, FIFA, etc in droves either way.
#10Ikari GendoPosted 9/18/2013 1:14:35 PM
Goldninja posted...
It's possible they just needed a scapegoat to fire and then go on business as usual.


This is what I assumed. Huge business is basically a politics game except with yearly elections.
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