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  • Riccitiello confirms ongoing Medal of Honor work

    EA boss John Riccitiello has made first official mention of ongoing work on Medal of Honor, speaking tonight in the company’s Q1 earnings call. “Somewhere out there is Medal of Honor,” said the exec. “We’re not yet in a position to discuss specific plans, but we will do so in due course.” As far as […]

  • Sims 3 leak was "demo program," says Riccitiello

    The pirated version of The Sims 3 acted as a demo to some, EA boss John Riccitiello has joked. He’s a funny guy. “You identified our secret marketing campaign!” Riccitiello told IndustryGamers. “That was a very large scale – concentrated on Poland and China – demo program. “In the game that was pirated there’s [only] […]

  • Riccitiello: EA almost invested in a platform extension like Natal

    EA boss John Riccitiello has stated that the firm’s development team almost invested in motion control similar to Natal, but Microsoft were the first out of the gate with it. “We almost invested to create a platform extension like that for some of the games we’re working on,” Riccitiello told Kotaku. “We’re very pleased, frankly, […]

  • Riccitiello: Aiming for top Wii billing is "obvious"

    Aiming for top products on Wii, gaming’s biggest living room console, is a no-brainer, EA boss John Riccitiello has told Gamasutra. “It’s the first time a third party has been number one on the Wii platform two weeks in a row,” he said of the success of EA Sports Active since launch. “The number one […]

  • Riccitiello expects global videogame players to top 1 billion

    EA’s  John Riccitiello has told Reuters that he expects the number of videogame players to top 1 billion within the next couple of years. “A few years ago, I think there were a couple of hundred million consumer participants in our industry. I think we are going to break a billion in a year or […]

  • Sony's motion control "doesn't require quite the leap of faith that Natal does," says Riccitiello

    EA CEO John Riccitiello has told IndustryGamers that EA has been aware of Sony and MS’ motion-control tech for a while now, and thinks Sony’s model might be more instantly accessible. He refers to Sony motion control efforts as “a great bridge technology,” that provides users with an brand new experience but one that “doesn’t […]

  • Riccitiello paid $11.1 million in 2009 while 1,100 faced sack

    EA CEO John Riccitiello was remunerated to the tune of a cool $11.1 million last year, a 36 percent decline over the previous year, according to an EA SEC filing this week. Big John was paid $793,749 as a base salary in the 12 months ending March 31, a 6 percent increase over 2008. Riccitiello’s […]

  • Riccitiello to host EA E3 presser, "upcoming initiatives" promised

    EA’s confirmed that John “Overlord” Riccitiello himself will host its E3 press conference. The event will take place next Monday at LA’s Orpheum Theatre at 2.00pm PST. “Upcoming initiatives and games” are on the slate. If you’re looking for the likes of Brutal Legend, Mass Effect 2 and all the rest, you’re in the right […]

  • EA: Two new online subs services this year

    Missed this one. EA said in its full-year earnings call last night that its going to launch two new online subs services in the coming year. “On PC, our subscription revenue streams continue to grow with our Pogo and Warhammer businesses,” said CEO John Riccitiello. “We also plan to introduce two additional online subscription services […]

  • Riccitiello: Current hardware cycle to be "very extended"

    Speaking in a just-ended investor call, EA boss John Riccitiello has reiterated EA Sports president Peter Moore’s sentiments on the state of the hardware cycle last month, saying we’re nowhere near to seeing a full switch over in main platforms. “Big changes are not something we’re seeing the need for in the medium term, nor […]

  • Riccitiello - Negative comps to continue until June

    EA CEO John Riccitiello has predicted that negative comps for the industry will continue until June. The company boss said that retail was continuing to show wary behaviour to stocking games products, instead favouring other sectors. US games sales dropped 17 percent year-over-year in March, down to $1.43 billion from $1.72 billion in March 2008.

  • Riccitiello hits DICE: "We got a little too fat, and a little too reliant"

    EA’s John Riccitiello has told DICE attendees that the recession has “been a blessing in disguise that can clear away junk”. Speaking at the Las Vegas summit today, the exec said current economic issues will lead to the industry stop sending pointless product to retail stores. “Junk is hard to compete with,” said Riccitiello who […]

  • EA promises risks with new and old franchises

    During the annual company town hall meeting this week, EA’s John Riccitiello assured employees that despite Q3 losses announced on Tuesday, the company still plans to take risks with both new and proven franchises. Comms boss Jeff Brown reiterated this when he told Kotaku: “We can take risks because we are pretty sure our blockbusters are […]

  • Mass Effect 2: EA refuses to confirm PS3 version

    EA has refused to specify what company CEO John Riccitiello meant when he said that Mass Effect 2 was a “multi-format” title on Tuesday, yet again skirting heavy rumour that the sequel is heading to PS3. “As John Riccitiello said on our earnings call this week, the game will come to multiple platforms, but we […]

  • EA will "succeed" when it addresses Wii audience, says Pachter

    EA’s right to focus heavily on Wii to bring itself through its financial crisis, Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter has told VG247, and that success in the Wii market is nothing short of pivotal to the publisher’s survival. “I think it is essential to address the growing Wii installed base,” the analyst said today. “It is […]

  • Pachter: The Riccitiello I heard last night is the right man to save EA

    Wedbush Morgan’s Michael Pachter has told VG247 he believes EA CEO John Riccitiello is the right person to lead the firm, through its current economic quagmire, but only on his earnings call performance last night. “I think that the John Riccitiello who spoke last night is definitely the right person,” said the analyst. “The Riccitiello […]

  • Riccitiello: Wii to get "half our emphasis'

    Speaking in EA’s Q3 earnings call last night, CEO John Riccitiello confirmed a heavy switch towards publishing Wii games in the coming year. EA’s goal, he said, is to “rival Nintendo on their own platform” and “get noticed [on Wii] in ways that no other third party will.” JR added: “Nintendo is the leader; they’re […]

  • Dead Space, Mirror's Edge hit 1 million mark

    EA CFO Eric Brown confirmed in the publisher’s Q3 earnings conference call today that Dead Space and Mirror’s Edge both sold over 1 million copies each in 2008. The figure includes sales for each port of both games, excluding the PC version of Mirror’s Edge, as it was only recently released. No mention was made […]

  • Riccitiello: It's too early to talk about my legacy

    Clearly having something of a Blair moment, EA boss John Riccitiello has claimed it’s a little early to be talking about how he’s going to be remembered by the games industry, speaking in an interview with the AIAS. “I think it is a bit early to talk about my legacy,” he said. “Some of my […]

  • EA shrugs off Forbes Rock Band plagiarism accusation

    EA’s refused to get involved in a Forbes accusation that Rock Band is a Guitar Hero rip-off. “Unfortunately we can’t comment on this,” a senior spokesperson told us yesterday. Forbes claimed that Rock Band was a “shameless knockoff” of Guitar Hero in its latest issue, which featured Activision boss Bobby Kotick on the cover. The […]

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