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EA’s CEO wasn’t the evil emperor, he was the misunderstood hitman

EA’s CEO wasn’t the evil emperor, he was the misunderstood hitman

EA is almost universally reviled as a mainstream games publisher. It's questionable business practices led to shady microtransactions in Dead Space 3 and Real Racing 3, an often poorly-implemented digital distribution platform called Origin, and was frequently blamed for the reason your favorite franchises lost their originality and soul in favor of chasing the perfect market demographic. Ex-CEO John Riccitiello's departure from the company was all but celebrated across the Internet.

But was Riccitiello so bad? Ben and I discussed this internally, and even we're fairly split on the man. It's easy to villify the suits and business executives that muddy up our hobby, but it's important to take time and see things from someone else's, less negative, opinion, even when we disagree. This is a deeper look into that question.