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EA: Digital success helps grow boxed sales

Publisher EA has countered the belief that digital will eventually cannibalise the packaged games market. The evidence, EA’s boss claims, comes from its FIFA series. FIFA has been a cornerstone of the console market for nearly 20 years but has in recent times expanded onto new platform such as iOS …

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EA turns its back on 3D gaming

3D is brilliant. That’s what cinemas tell you. That’s what sports broadcasters tell you. That’s what TV manufactures tell you. That’s what Sony tells you. But EA boss John Riccitiello has becomes the first exec to publicly slam the market value of the technology. "We see really high returns in …

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Riccitiello: The console cycle has gone forever

It may be the case that new hardware is in the works at both Sony and Microsoft, but EA CEO John Riccitiello thinks that the console cycle as we know it is well and truly over. Most of us recognize that the industry has radically changed and the pace of …

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EA reports strong fiscal Q1

With John Riccitiello very much still in investors’ spotlights, the exec will be breathing a little easier this morning after EA reported jumps in both revenue and profit for its fiscal Q1 ending June 30th. Revenues climbed 23 per cent to $999m while profit for the period soared from $96m …

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Why did PopCap choose EA? Because it really cares about games

Suitors have been lining up to acquire PopCap since the turn of the year, but earlier this month EA was named as the successful buyer in a $750m deal. But why EA? EA actually cared about games. That was an eye-opener for me,” PopCap CEO Dave Roberts told The Guardian. …

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Motion control is still too imprecise for Ricitiello

While the industry’s platform holders continue to sell the motion control revolution to gamers, one of the sector’s top execs has admitted that he doesn’t like it. Personally, while there’s some great experiences on Move, and there’s some great experiences on Kinect, I’m not a motion control guy,” EA CEO …

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EA ‘to become a platform’

One of the more intriguing statements from CEO John Riccitiello during EA’s FY11 analysts call was that the publisher is going to ‘become a platform’. Now, we live in what buzzword aficionados like to call ‘disruptive’ times, and many previously rock solid industry terms are evolving. But, for EA to …

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Riccitiello: EA has failed well

John Riccitiello has opened up on the pressures, pain, failure, embarrassments, loss and hope of his four years so far as Electronic Arts CEO. Speaking at a graduation speech last week at his old university, Riccitiello stated: In the churn of all this industry change, EA found itself on the …

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Riccitiello: We’re transforming EA

Despite another year of losses, the CEO of EA John Riccitiello has reacted enthusiastically to its latest financial report and outlined what he describes as an upcoming "transformation" for the company. "In Q4, we beat the street and hit the very high end of our expectations for total revenue, digital …

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EA learnt from Sports Active 2 RRP

Publisher EA has admitted that it made mistakes with the launch of last year’s fitness title EA Sports Active 2. The game failed to chart in the UK when it arrived at the end of November – complete with a 79.99 RRP. However, it wasn’t until the week ending January …

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