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At the Electronic Arts fourth-quarter shareholders conference earlier this year, CEO John Riccitiello stated this about his soon-to-be-released MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic: "At half a million subscribers, the game is substantially profitable, but it's not the kind of thing we would write h...

April 25th 2011 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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EA boss John Riccitiello spoke at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference this week (via GI.biz), stating that EA "dropped the ball" during the transition from the previous console generation to this one. "Our IP deteriorated, our costs went up, and we didn't really have an answer for...

February 17th 2011 at 10:30pm 0 Comments
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EA CEO John Riccitiello said recently that 2011 would see digital sales overtaking retail sales, but before you start trashing all of those $60 discs and plastic cases you bought, not so fast. Riccitiello also says that game discs aren't going away "any time soon." Sometimes it's just easier to plu...

January 13th 2011 at 12:00am 0 Comments
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While Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello thinks digital distribution will finally outstrip its physical counterpart in 2011, he stops short of predicting the demise of retail packaging. In the second part of an interview conducted by Industry Gamers, the EA bossman sings the praises of the disc a...

January 12th 2011 at 1:00pm 0 Comments
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Out with the old, in with the new -- these words are often used every January, but for John Riccitiello they also signify the balance tipping between digital and physical sales. As Electronic Arts' CEO put it bluntly to Industry Gamers: "At the end of [2011], the digital business is bigger than the...

January 10th 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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EA CEO John Riccitiello, one of the biggest advocates for the rising dominance of digitally distributed games, told IndustryGamers that he expects digital sales to exceed sales made in the retail space this year -- he predicted digital distribution would account for half of all game sales in 2010 e...

January 9th 2011 at 1:30am 0 Comments
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In light of last night's revised lawsuit announcement by Activision, Electronic Arts corporate spokesperson Jeff Brown responded on behalf of his company, characterizing the announcement to the LA Times as "a PR [public relations] play filled with pettiness and deliberate misdirection." The revised...

December 22nd 2010 at 11:00am 0 Comments