EA CEO John Riccitiello said the firm isn’t shaky after the departures of COO John Schappert and interactive head Barry Cottle for Zynga, and in fact, he implied that due to the huge offers made to the duo by the social games firm, he harbors no ill-will over it.
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Zynga’s announced its hired Barry Cottle as the company’s new executive vice president of business and corporate development. Cottle was previously president of EA Interactive. EA has responded to his departure by sending out an internal memo, penned by CEO John Riccitiello that confirms EAi has folded into other parts of the company. Thanks, Gama.
EA has snapped up another casual gaming company, this time acquiring NBA Jam and Fleeced! Shear Terror developer Bight Games.
Two familiar names have stepped into new executive roles as EA adds a fourth label to its line up.
EA’s Barry Cottle has told IndustryGamers the firm doesn’t consider Zynga as a competitor, even with the recent acquisition of PopCap, due to Zynga’s focus on Facebook offerings.
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