You might remember Peter Moore. He’s EA’s COO and one of the names in the ring to replace freshly resigned John Riccitiello. He’s got a Halo 2 tattoo. A couple of weeks ago, he called VideoGamer.com out for “shoddy website journalism” when they broke a story about Dead Space 4’s cancellation that EA has since refuted. Well, Mr Moore is complaining about games media again. This time, it’s Kotaku on the receiving end of his ire.
They posted up a story yesterday, in the wake of John Riccitiello’s departure as head honcho of EA, that was entitled “The Best John Riccitiello Jokes on Twitter.” This post, as you can imagine (or read, if you click the link) pasted in some of the hilarity that Twitter’s bedroom comedians (at least the ones Kotaku’s writers follow) were firing up as fast as their little brains could whir. It was meant in good humour, I’m sure, but possibly in poor taste for everyone close to the issue.
Peter Moore took to Facebook to air his grievances with the Kotaku story, accusing them of “self-smugness”. Now, there’s lots that you could accuse Kotaku of and “self-smugness” doesn’t immediately jump out as the worst of those possible accusations but hey, I’m sure there will be plenty of people just glad to have another outburst to mock when they’re making jokes about EA. Kotaku are probably quite smug about the extra attention they’re now getting because of it so everyone’s a winner. Except possibly Peter Moore and EA.
Moore also used his Facebook post to praise the work done by Riccitiello in the industry, saying that it was a “sad loss for all… who had the pleasure of working with him as we emerged from The Burning Platform.” The latter half of that quote, presumably alludes to the changing business models within the industry and EA’s leading position in that movement.
Moore’s Facebook comment was replied to by Mike Capps, formerly of Epic Games, who said “Indeed. I doubt we can shout louder than the misinformed, but it’s still worth speaking up!” It was also responded to by former IGN editor, Hilary Goldstein who quoted the Bible “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words,” before adding, with an apparent awareness of the irony “And yes, I am aware I ran IGN once.”
Riccitiello himself simply responded with “Thanks all.”