Riccitiello: Investors don’t give a shit about our quality

By Patrick Garratt
22 July 2008 07:54 GMT

Speaking to VentureBeat at E3 last week, EA head John Riccitiello was blunt about how the investment community is clueless about his well documented drive for higher review scores.

“I don’t think the investors give a shit about our quality,” he said. “They care about our earnings per share. They wait for it to happen. We had three years where we didn’t make our expectations. If I were an investor, I would wait and see. That’s fine with me.”

He issued another “fuck you” comment to investors in the interview, saying that BioWare/Pandemic, specifically, is on track to deliver high quality in the coming years.

“We are meeting our internal plan,” he said. “We have great software from [BioWare/Pandemic]. We’ve got a massively multiplayer online game coming, which we haven’t announced. It could be very lucrative for us. We got a really positive reaction to Dragon Age. We’ve got games like Saboteur in the works. We’ve got Mass Effect 2 coming. Some of it is 2009 software.

“If you’re stuck on the fact that the stock is at $45, I can’t really help you.”

Full thing through the link. Well worth a read.

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