Riccitiello is “real deal,” says Houser

By Patrick Garratt, Monday, 12 May 2008 15:35 GMT

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Rockstar boss Sam Houser has called EA CEO John Riccitiello “the real deal” and said he “sees some appeal in an EA alliance”, according to the piece.

From the site:

The “talent” at Rockstar, as they’re called internally, make star-caliber money and might find EA’s more traditional pay structure jarring. In 2005, a particularly strong year, Take-Two paid royalties of $84 million, according to company filings. The bulk of funds, say people familiar with the matter, went to Mr. Houser and other Rockstar executives. If EA succeeds in acquiring Take-Two, some analysts believe EA’s star developers might demand a bigger share of game proceeds.

Another possible kink: Rockstar’s history of autonomy. If EA ends up with Take-Two, Mr. Houser says it’s unlikely that he would go so far as to seek EA’s approval for game content. Still, he calls Mr. Riccitiello “the real deal” and sees some appeal in an EA alliance, which he says would make Rockstar a “much smaller fish in much bigger pond.”

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