Making Games, By EA’s John Riccitiello:
- Recessions are cool, because they put our competitors out of business.
- We will spend this year cutting headcount, closing facilities, and minimizing risk.
- Cutting headcount, closing facilities, and minimizing risk is a bad idea.
Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello says the current economic climate is “a blessing in disguise,” because it will force the industry to rethink stagnant attitudes and methods — and lead to “clearing away” some of the “junk” that currently fills gaming retail shelves.
“Junk is hard to compete with,” said Riccitiello frankly.
“I’m not pro-recession,” EA’s Riccitiello was quick to add, “but to quote Rahm Emanuel: never waste a crisis.”
“We did get fat in too many places. It seemed like anyone who could draw a guy with a gun with a crayon could get funded.”
But Riccitiello cautioned the audience of game industry execs against simply cutting head counts, closing facilities, and reducing risk. “That’s a recipe that you follow at your peril,” he said.
Electronic Arts: We Create Irony.