EA is making all the headlines today and now the biggest news of the day has hit. EA CEO John Riccitiello is stepping down from the leadership role effective March 30th. Former CEO Larry Probst will lead EA until a more permanent successor is found.
John Riccitiello became EA CEO in 2007 and had led the company for the past six years, a time which has had its fair shares of highs and lows. The highs include major new IPs such as Mass Effect and Dead Space, though the lows have been much more recent including the backlash against SimCity and the introduction of micro transactions to Dead Space 3.
Mr Riccitiello states the reason he is stepping down is because he feels “it is the right time for me pass the baton and let new leadership take the Company into its next phase of innovation and growth.”
The current favourite, according to internet buzz, seems to be current EA Chief Operating Officer Peter Moore, the former Microsoft man who revealed GTA IV with a tattoo. He joined EA in 2007 as head of EA’s Sport Division, before being promoted to COO in 2011.
Of course we’ll keep you up to date with who will ascend to the CEO position.