EA loses third wave of studio leaders in a week

Cut the Rope studio Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee depart mobile game publisher.

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Battlefield and Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts has lost yet another group of studio leaders. Cut the Rope studio Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have left the mobile game studio that they founded in 2005.

EA purchased the United Kingdom-based Chillingo in October 2010 for $20 million in cash. According to their LinkedIn pages, both Byatte and Wee left EA officially at the end of December, 2013. The move was first reported by MCV.

It is unclear why Byatte and Wee left EA. A representative for Chillingo confirmed their exit in a statement to GameSpot, but declined to go into further detail on the matter.

Their decision to leave EA follows news that PopCap executives Dave Roberts and Jason Kapalka are on their way out of the EA-owned studio. Meanwhile, just last week, founders of the EA-owned Burnout creator Criterion Games, Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, announced they had quit the studio.

More details on the recent spate of studio executive departures from EA may come later this month during EA's third quarter financial call on January 28.

Chillingo most recently published Fightback, the iOS fighting game from Devil May Cry and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West developer Ninja Theory.

Discussion

157 comments
telaros
telaros

Seriously though, that irony of it all. Cut The Rope Studio. Safe to say they cut their loses in this venture.

telaros
telaros

"Cut the Rope Studio."

"They're almost here, cut the rope!"

"I'm TRYING!"


"Damnit, CUT THE ROPE!"


"I'M F****** TRYING!"


"OH MY GAAWWWWD"

*snap*


"I CUT THE ROPE!"

"WE'RE FREE!"


*make out scene just before an EA CEO claws up on to boat*


"MAKE. US. MONEY!"


*THE END*

arqe
arqe

Just look at you all hypocrites. I just laught at you all.

First you all say "EA SUCKS !" then "FUCK MOBILE GAMES" and when you hear those MOBILE GAME MAKERS leave EA you all like "HAIL MOBILE GAME DEVELOPERS , FUCK EA AHA BURN EA".

Now which one you hate more really ?

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

EA buys the best then they die like the rest...

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

What the f*** is going on at EA?! Things are clearly not good under their umbrella.

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

...and as it was foretold long ago by the prophecy that the coming revolution of restoration would begin with a great exodus.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

I mean, who would WANT to work for the Worst Company in America?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

If only all EA employees would quit all at once.  The company would go down in flames.

Figsarefatal
Figsarefatal

The thing is, there is a point of no return, you can only dump on people for so long before they get fed up with your sh!t. EA has crossed that point now and no matter what they do to turn things around they will never win back the customers that have had enough. But like it has been said already, when/if EA dies, another will take it's place, the blame will be dumped on someone else and the suits that ruin everything will get other jobs in the industry.

tomservo51
tomservo51

As long the the Madden and NBA Live teams stay, keep the crappy with the crappy.

beuneus12
beuneus12

And EA will now get a new CEO that will focus on quality. When people start buying from them again they get another CEO that starts milking the customer base

And the cycle continues...

robertcain
robertcain

If this is what it takes for EA to realize how selfish and corrupt they've become then sign me up; if developers don't like a publisher, they have every right to abandon them and do things their own way for the good of the consumer.

Sam_021
Sam_021

Dice should be next!

vadagar1
vadagar1

karma just called.. it said sorry it was on a holiday last year but this year lots of aholes will get a visit from her.


not just brainless suits ;)

vadagar1
vadagar1

if EA dies another monster will take its place 



Techtroll
Techtroll

Smart move for them two they can do better elsewhere hope others grow a backbone and stop dealing with EA as well

Lattata
Lattata

Looks like people are getting fed up with EA's garbage.

Razor10000
Razor10000

i can´t wait for battlefront, that will be an epic shitstorm.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

I wonder if all these departures have anything to do with EA being investigated for deliberately misleading investors over BF4, rats jumping a sinking ship ? Theres something odd going on thats for sure 

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

oh, no! someone left a mobile game company. That's sooooo unfortunate!


Seriously, unless it's discovered that all these execs are banding together to form a new company creating non-mobile games I don't really care.

indiexanna
indiexanna

Brace yourself, the 3rd golden turd is coming XD

DeadHUSKSskiN
DeadHUSKSskiN

Good.. Mobile gaming is a waste of space and time. EA should just shrug and move on

HowlPendragon
HowlPendragon

Love waking up to great news like this.

Can't wait for the day when I start forgetting EA was ever a thing.

MrMojoRisin70
MrMojoRisin70

Isn't it great when bad things happen to bad companies?

arqe
arqe

Hmm , everybody was crying about mobile games are sucks and everything. 2 more mobile developer left EA and now EA sucks again. 

I mean ... Cmon people , grow some pair.

ghost59
ghost59

:P good.soon EA will die!!!

acp_45
acp_45

Is it just me or is EA being chopped into more and more pieces by the minutes.. :/

pyro1245
pyro1245

Exodus..... oh yeah.....

USNavyTech
USNavyTech

That's hilarious my good sir take my "like" you have earned it.

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@de-astroturfer Smart Rats would find a life boat not just jump overboard. Lots of big fish out there that are hungry 

Techtroll
Techtroll

Do you even own a smartphone bud? More importantly do you even bother to read or do you just run your silly mouth seriously read the article next time goof ball

"Their decision to leave EA follows news that PopCap executives Dave Roberts and Jason Kapalka are on their way out of the EA-owned studio. Meanwhile, just last week, founders of the EA-owned Burnout creator Criterion Games, Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, announced they had quit the studio."

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

@jedicommand7 Sure. You don't really care. Sure, We believe that...That must be the reason you're here...hmm...

simon1812
simon1812

@acp_45 or making room for more?


ps


seriously this has been happening for decades, this is just another Monday for EA.

Kisalon
Kisalon

@TechtrollNot only if we let them.. Another WILL take its place... There will always be a monster someone has to be the "bad guy"...

McGregor
McGregor

@simon1812 Exactly. Large companies lose many employees over time, and losing high end positions isn't unheard of. This isn't really surprising at all. These employees are either sick of their position and are moving on, or they are simply moving on to something they consider better.

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

@McGregor @simon1812 I'm sure EA thinks the same thing. In fact, I'm sure they'll say that in a press statement sooner or later. They still lost 3 great people, in one week. They could've picked any day of this year, to "move on" They walked out, instead. That means that they walked out randomly, & this wasn't something even they were gonna do. No matter what, you normally announce months in advance that you'll be "moving on" so you don't make the company look bad, for no reason. It's obvious they Quit. They wanted to "move on" alright...as you said.