Peter Moore Hits Back at "Smug" Riccitiello Exit Jokes

Reacts to article listing 'Best Jokes Twitter Has to Offer'.

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Peter Moore Hits Back at "Smug" Riccitiello Exit Jokes
EA's chief operating officer (and major contender for new CEO) Peter Moore has hit out at what he calls "smug" taunts towards exiting boss John Riccitiello.

Shortly after Riccitiello announced his resignation, Kotaku published an article collecting a number of Twitter jokes about his departure. Moore responded to the piece in a post on his personal Facebook page.

"Kotaku revelling in what, due to their self-smugness, they don't realise is a sad day for our industry, which is the platform on which they actually make money," he wrote (via "John not only helped propel our company and interactive entertainment into new experiences, thus enticing millions of new people to become 'gamers', his work leading the ESA in recent years has helped ensure that we don't experience the fate of the music industry.

"It is a sad loss for all of us who had the pleasure of working with him as we emerged from The Burning Platform."

Riccitiello's announcement comes following a significant loss of talent in the mobile and MMO space, including Playfish and Bioware - and more recently, a hobbled SimCity launch which continues to attract criticism from long-time fans.


DoctorDee 19 Mar 2013 12:40
Under Riccitiello, EA went from a company that did nothing but release annual sports franchise and NfS sequels to a company that did much more adventurous and exciting work.
Ergo 19 Mar 2013 16:48
@DoctorDee Yeah, and it's also worth a third of what it was 5-years ago--great job, Riccitiello!
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