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Riccitiello: EA made mistakes with studio acquisitions

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has admitted the company made mistakes when it acquired well-known developers. Speak at DICE last week, he said that integrating the teams at independents such as Bullfrog, Westwood and Origin ultimately stifled the creative talent there: "We at EA blew it, and to a degree …

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Riccitiello: Console transition is over

John Riccitiello, the increasingly talkative CEO of the now second biggest games publisher in the world EA, has said that he believes the huge sales enjoyed by all three next-gen games consoles in the US through Thanksgiving proves that the transition to the next generation of consoles is now over. …

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Riccitiello: Consolidation is not the future

John Riccitiello, the CEO of leading global games publisher Electronic Arts, has stated that he believes there will be less consolidation in the games industry in the future, and that new business models such as microtransactions and in-game advertising will be the driving factors in the years to come. "Is …

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Riccitiello: Software prices must come down

Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello has predicted that video games’ pricing model will be forced to change in the next decade – and said that EA may be one of the first to experiment. Speaking to Berkley Haas School of Business, Riccitiello said the standard next-gen software price of $59.99/49.99 …

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ITV boss hits back at Riccitiello comments

ITV executive chairman Michael Grade has hit out at video games for existing in a ‘moral vacuum’ compared to television drama. According to Broadcast magazine, Grade said that TV could take the moral high ground over games because it enjoyed the ‘framework of a dramatic narrative’. Grade was responding directly …

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Riccitiello tells TV industry: Youre just as violent as games

Chief executive of Electronic Arts John Riccitiello has told some of the most powerful luminaries in television that games are no more violent a media than TV programmes. Speaking in a presentation to the Royal Television Society’s Cambridge Convention, Riccitiello said video games were ‘unfairly demonised’ in the press for …

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Riccitiello: 2007 was EAs toughest year

Speaking at EA’s recent investor meeting, EA CEO John Riccitiello has said that the 2007 fiscal year was the toughest in the company’s history”, and admitted that EA was on the wrong horse” when it decided to focus its next-gen resources on PS3 and 360, Next-Gen reports . The last …

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