EA CEO John Riccitiello slams Activision & Treyarch

December 19, 2010 in Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2, NEWS, Sledgehammer

I would suggest to all of you Call of Duty fans that we send EA (Electronic Arts) CEO John Riccitiello a box of tissues. It would seem IMHO that he is shedding a lot of tears lately because his publisher “EA” is not the top dog when it comes to FPS, when it seems he would suggest that he deserves, and not that other “rag tag” company……..ACTIVISION. Acting like a 12 year old (and not a CEO) he publicly talks trash on Activision and Treyarch, because they consistently destroy EA in Sales at almost 10 to 1 if not 20 to 1 plus ratio. How dare they! Maybe its because we the gamers just don’t know any better. It could be that we are just dumb and don’t realize that EA is Better, LOL. How dare us! Bottom line, listed below are some comments made by this wanna be CEO ( IMHO a CEO should have more maturity than this) from an interview by Industrygamers.com. You be the judge, is he being a snot nose crybaby or should EA be top dog and not Activision/IW/Treyarch (and don’t forget upcoming Sledgehammer Games) and that silly game they make called “Call of Duty”?

EA CEO John Riccitiello has told IndustryGamers that the title [Medal of Honor] absolutely did exceed EA’s expectations. Riccitiello also cast some doubt on the state of developers within Activision, when we asked him how he felt about taking back the shooter category in the wake of Black Ops’ blockbuster success.

“We’ll do north of ten million units in shooters in calendar 2010 between Battlefield: Bad Company and Medal of Honor, up from two (million). I think we’re the only major player with a 500 percent growth, is one observation,” he began. [CODBUNKER rebut: when your outsold by 1000% plus, its easy to see huge growth]

“The second observation is I don’t know what you heard about Medal of Honor. I think it ended up in the mid-70s reviewed, and it was polarizing for some people for a variety of reasons. It exceeded our expectations going in. We knew we were building a game on Unreal; we knew that it had limitations in terms of what it was going to do, but by and large if you listened to our last earnings call, we stated unequivocally that it exceeded expectations. Activision will do 25 million on the tail of last year’s Modern Warfare 2 and the start of this year’s Black Ops, and then probably something similar next year. But it took them, what, five or six editions to get into double digit millions?”

“This management team started with this goal really two and a half years ago and our first entry really was Battlefield: Bad Company, and you’ll see a lot about Battlefield 3 next year, which I think is, at least from our perspective, designed to be the one that is the big leap forward; the one that is going to help a lot. I don’t know that having two guys that probably don’t play the games, in the form of the CEO of Vivendi and the CEO of Activision, come out and say ‘Treyarch is our lead developer,’ like you could anoint that. They didn’t make a 90-rated game; I think it’s 86 now. I don’t think review scores are the be-all, end-all, but we all know a mid-90 when we see it, but this was mid-80s. I don’t think you could anoint them by an executive saying, ‘it’s so.’ The question, I think, really is, ‘what developer is going to put forward the next great FPS that sort of follows [what Infinity Ward did]?” It’s wishful thinking, and let’s hope for Activision’s sake they’re right. I think it’s far from proven that the gaming consumer views a product from Treyarch in the same category as a product from what was Infinity Ward.”
[CODBUNKER rebut: So basically the CEO's of ATVI and 3arc don't play video games; therefore they are out of touch??? Really John? Do you play John? Does that make you better John?]

Riccitiello added that “next year we’ll make a lot more progress. We’ve got a couple of third-party games in the form of Crysis 2 and Bulletstorm, and then our big focus is Battlefield 3 in the second half of the year. I’d be shocked if we didn’t take a notch out of [Activision].”

SOURCE: industrygamers.com/news/ea-ceo-treyarch-far-from-proven-in-eyes-of-consumers/

I also found a video of this 12 year old crybaby CEO, watch it, and tell me if you don’t agree that he needs his nose wiped from all of his sniveling. When the reporter starts to suggest that EA isn’t the BEST THING IN THE WORLD, he starts to snivel, or is it just me. John………John…….GROW UP, C’mon man your a CEO, the good people that work at EA are surely extremely embarrassed to have somebody like you represent them, please step down and run a diaper company for their sake!!!


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