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Rumour vultures begin to circle Riccitiello

The insatiable online rumour mill is once again questioning the viability of John Riccitiello’s position at the top of EA. Rumours of discontent emerged yesterday when US analyst Michael Pachter claimed that Riccitiello had confessed to him that he feared for his job, adding that the exec doesn’t understand what …

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Pachter: Riccitiello fears for his job

EA president John Riccitiello is worried he is at risk of losing his job over the publisher’s falling stock, according to US analyst Michael Pachter. The media pundit told an audience at the Develop Conference that the EA president confided in him about the company’s falling stock. Riccitiello wanted to …

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When Riccitiello said Battlefield players could pay $1 per reload

Free-to-play is not necessarily a dangerous monster stalking the innocent gamer.But at times it feels like it could be. Digging through the transcript of a 2011 stockholder meeting, Xbox360Achievements discovered the following comments from EA CEO John Riccitiello: When you are six hours into playing Battlefield and you run out …

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E3 2012: Riccitiello reckons Mass Effect 3 is Wii U’s best of E3

EA CEO John Riccitiello may have unintentionally given the middle finger to Nintendo and key third party rivals. Speaking to investors following the key E3 presentations this week, Riccitiello boldly stated: "We looked at the Wii U launch line-up and we’re very pleased there was a lot of applause for …

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EA "not weakened" by Zynga staff poaching

Electronic Arts has not been weakened by the departures of key personnel to rivals such as social gaming outfit Zynga, CEO John Riccitiello has said. The publishing giant has had numerous head staff exit the company during the last year, with former COO John Schappert and exec VP of EA …

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Pachter thought Riccitiello "was a complete moron"

Beginning a guest presentation by calling your chief speaker a moron” isn’t a typical approach. But then, Michael Pachter isn’t your typical analyst. I’ve been doing one-sentence intros, but I have a couple of sentences for John Riccitiello,” Pachter said at the start of his Q&A with EA boss John …

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Mass Effect 3 sales reinforce Riccitiello’s chilling GAME warning

Today’s success of Mass Effect 3 in the UK charts may be great news for the industry, but it’s a bad sign for troubled retailer GAME. Had the game failed to hit expectations, perhaps missed No.1 or fallen below the week one sales number of its predecessor, EA would this …

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Riccitiello: "Other retailers will absorb the business" if GAME goes

He carefully avoided naming it, but EA’s CEO last week said it’s "all but a certainty" GAME has two terrible weeks ahead. But he thinks other retailers will pick up the slack. Speaking at a Wedbush Morgan technology investors event last week, John Riccitiello said the firm is "still praying …

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Riccitiello: This is the kind of quarter a CEO loves to report

EA CEO John Riccitiello has spoken positively about the firm’s last financial quarter which its position as the No.1 PS3 and Xbox 360 publisher in the world in 2011. This was the kind of quarter a CEO loves to report,” he told investors. It is one which generated our highest …

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EA recognises the implications of potential GAME collapse

Publishing powerhouse EA last night admitted to concerns about the financial health of a "major European retail partner" thought to be GAME. As reported by MCV yesterday, GAME has been rocked by credit insurance issues forcing it into negotiations with publishing partners to secure stock of upcoming releases. "We are …

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