The founders of Chillingo are the latest developers that left Electronic Arts. Three sets of studio heads left the Electronic Arts within a week.
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Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have set-up mobile games studio Chillingo in 2005. Since then they helped launch several major mobile titles such as Angry Birds and Cut The Rope. In 2010 EA acquired Chillingo for $20 million. No reasons have yet been announced for the departure of the high-profile devs.
Last week the PopCap boss Dave Roberts announced he was leaving Plants vs. Zombies Studio owed by EA. After nine years of successful co-operation, Dave decided to retire from the studio. His place will be taken by a cofounder John Vechey who will run this Seattle-based studio responsible for hits such as Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies.
Only a day after Roberts announced his departure from EA, Criterion founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward stated they both left EA as well. Criterion developed some amazing titles including the Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Burnout Paradise and is now short by two people who founded it.
"The incredibly creative and talented team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles," said the EA spokesperson regarding their departure and added that, "as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA. Matt Webster is leading development of the new game and the Criterion studio moving forward. Matt has been part of Criterion for years and has an exciting vision for this new game."
Three sets of high-profile developers have left EA within one week, EA is one of the largest video games publishers, but they are going through a rough time. The problems keep piling up for the EA. One week into 2014 and the company already lost some of their best devs. Are we going to see more people leaving EA soon? This seems to becoming a trend.
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