Andrew Wilson named EA CEO

EA Sports veteran appointed Chief Executive Officer at Battlefield, Mass Effect publisher, replacing John Riccitiello; says he envisions EA as the "world's greatest games company;" will be paid $800,000 salary.

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EA Sports veteran Andrew Wilson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Arts, it was announced today. Wilson replaces John Riccitiello, who resigned in March. EA considered internal and external candidates for the role.

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Wilson most recently served at EA as executive vice president of EA Sports and Origin.

He will be paid an annual salary of $800,000 as EA's new CEO, and his target bonus percentage will be 150 percent of his salary. Wilson released a statement on his appointment, the full text of which is available below.

"Let me start by saying I am deeply honored and humbled to become EA's CEO. I have a profound respect and passion for this organization, as well as for our global community of fans, and I'm incredibly motivated to serve our people, our gamers and our shareholders at such an exciting time in our industry.

From my start at EA in Australia back in 2000, through stops in Asia, Europe and now North America, I've worked with people in this company who have consistently amazed and inspired me. It's my passion for our people and the great products we all impact that gives me such excitement for our future. I hope you all feel the same level of energy and optimism that I do as we embark on this journey together.

I envision EA as the World's Greatest Games Company. This is not about what we are aiming for or what we will become. Rather, it is about an unfaltering commitment to what we will be every day. This is an attitude that must drive our culture as one team.

I also believe EA's strategy is sound. Our focus on our talent, our brands and our platform together with our investment in next-generation consoles, mobile and PC free-to-play, as part of our ongoing transition to digital, is right. But we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success.

In the short term, our mission is crystal clear: We are 100 percent focused on delivering our FY14 business plan. We have made strong progress in the first half of the fiscal year, establishing financial discipline and continuing to create a slate of fantastic games for current and next-generation consoles, mobile and PC. But now we've got to finish the job--execute in Q3 and Q4 and deliver on the promises we made to our fans and our shareholders.

Looking ahead, my focus will be on three things:

1. Continued transformation for our digital future;

2. Delivering amazing games and services across platforms; and

3. Instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth.

In the days and weeks ahead, I will provide a greater level of operational detail behind the plan that will make these goals a reality. I could not be more proud to lead you as CEO of EA. Thank you in advance for your support."

EA executive chairman Larry Probst released a statement on behalf of EA's board of directors regarding Wilson's appointment to CEO. He said EA conducted a "rigorous search" for Riccitiello's successor, and mentioned "several talented executives" from inside the company and out were considered. These people were not named.

"He is a compelling and charismatic communicator who cares deeply about organizational development, teams, and the individual careers of people who work for EA," Probst said about Wilson. "Most of all, he has a powerful sense of respect for and commitment to our consumers."

In support of Wilson's transition to EA CEO, Probst will continue to serve as EA's executive chairman for an indefinite period, earning a $1.03 million salary.

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cboye18

Well good, maybe I can find him in GTA V and whack him.

After all, the game's topics are about greed, narcism and hypocrisy. I'm sure a company like EA is found somewhere in the game lol

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s3as3a

Lol.

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Kayweg

This is a bit like election times. You register the news, and then go back to your daily routines, well aware that nothing will change.

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Cashmoney007

I do not want to see any more day-one dlc garbage. I hope that is finally going to go away.

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Zloth2

@Cashmoney007 No problem. Day-one DLC is now included. Also, your games now cost $15 more. You're welcome.

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s3as3a

@Cashmoney007 Vote with your wallet.

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berserker66666

Great........now we've have TWO bi-yearly cut and paste FIFA games instead of one.

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codeman101360

"I envision EA as the world's greatest game company." Yeah, that's why they were voted Best Company in America two years in a row. Wait...

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Total_mischief

@codeman101360 To be fair that vote doesn't really mean anything. It was thrown by a bunch of self-entitled gamers and/or trolls. Everyone here knows that EA is far from the being the worse company in America. It's actually one of the best - which doesn't say much for the system - but they're not killing anyone with shady business practices somewhere in a shabby factory between two caves in the middle eastern desert.

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Lhomity

@codeman101360 Because oil and mining companies don't exist. Neither do private military and security, or chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Banks, casinos and gambling businesses? Lobbyists, tobacco, alcohol, firearms? HMOs? Nope.

Or maybe that poll 'people like you' keep bringing up is actually a shameful example of widespread ignorance in the modern world.

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blackothh

@Lhomity @codeman101360 ill pretend you didnt say that.

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s3as3a

@codeman101360 Lol.

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Cashmoney007

Are a lot of you going to pre-order BF4? I am personally going to wait for reviews and see if it is going to be a lot better than BF3.

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blackothh

@Cashmoney007 I wont buy BF4 no matter how good it is. I will not allow Origin to be put on my PC

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Total_mischief

@Cashmoney007 I'm going to play the Beta, then I'll either pre order or get it on an Origin sale when BF5 is announced.

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berzerk0912

@Cashmoney007 I'm going to sit this one out too.

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roman4545

make more single player campaign or better yet ..make more splitcreen offline co-op campaign mode... then ill buy your games..

As for now EA.... your games is sitting duck on a nice pretty shelves in retails.. oh btw its collecting dust...

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blackothh

@roman4545 Battlefield should never have a campaign, its sole focus should be on being the greatest multiplayer shooter it can be.

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roman4545

@blackothh so basically you want Battlefield to be like MAG ?

If Battlefield is like Left 4 Dead... im okay with that but every single game it need a single player experience.

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penguino522

I'm fine with online co-op and multiplayer lol, there are games for single player, don't go asking for BF4 too have a better campaign then it's multiplayer

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Wrathesoul

Simple no DVD/Bluray no sale. Incomplete game requiring me to buy the rest of the game to make it complete costing far over a standard retail release price..No sale free to play.. no interest. Knowing your wages.. even less interest am not interest in greed earned money. Knowing what you see as a future for gaming is your right to the opinion but its a HUGLY flawed one that will go in the same direction as THQ and other companies that have fallen from grace.

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dogbert784

I guess Microsoft can use him and EA to help get more exclusive stuff to sell Xbox Ones; he did speak at their console reveal, afterall. EA doesn't have anything I'd want to play this gen or next gen, anyway.

~EA-boycott Maintained~

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Forcecaster

The Andrew Wilson who have sold all of his EA shares? Sure it was a very good deal for him at the time, but I cannot believe in this guy after that.

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toddx77

If he wants to make EA the greatest video game company ever he is going to have to out do CD projekt Red, Atlus, and Valve. I don't see that happening.

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Zloth2

@toddx77 Are you talking about "greatest" as in "made the most games that toddx77 enjoyed" or "greatest" as in "made the most money for its shareholders"? Because he's going to be aiming for the latter.

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Hurvl

@Zloth2 @toddx77 Gamers care about games, companies care about money, so it's pretty easy to figure that one out.

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Forcecaster

@toddx77 Well said.

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toddx77

@Forcecaster thank you

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WarGrad

He has a LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG way to go to make EA the greatest games company. I quit playing BF3 because Origin is so poory made. I had to restart the campaign numerous times because of a bad hard drive and having to reinstall every time. How hard would it have been to include cloud support for saved games? Every backup failed and support was terrible. Steam was up and running in minutes and it saved all my saved games.

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Wrathesoul

As if we should care who the new leader in lies, scams and greed is?

Looking ahead, my focus will be on three things:

1. Continued transformation for our digital future; FAIL we want something we can see touch put on a shelve not something when EA gets bored of they stop supporting it and we lose it.

2. Delivering amazing games and services across platforms; Make them full games not needing BS microtransactions to complete the game in content and levels then maybe and

3. Instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth. GREED GREED GREED and GREED WAS THEIR NAME OOOOO.

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AverageGameJoe

cough...ROCKSTAR...cough...BETHESDA.....cough.....NAUGHTY DOG.......

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Wrathesoul

@AverageGameJoe Only way EA will ever be more then a steaming pile is if they sell their business to one or more of the companies you have stated ot CD Projekt Red which is the most customer loving company hands down don't even charge for expansions.

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Total_mischief

@Wrathesoul Actually they said they'd charge if they were to release a real expansion like they did in the good ol' days, around 20$, which is a pretty reasonable price, but no fees for adding a mission or two or extra items and stuff. Which is why they're awesome, among other things.

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AverageGameJoe

@Wrathesoul Look what Take Two did to Rockstar said the people cant put videos with spoiler cutscenes or game ending fuckin uptight money hungry Publishers and EA always shits down on Bioware and Visceral, I just hope we get decent Battlefront and Mass Effect

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SingletreeAve

@Wrathesoul @AverageGameJoe Microtransactions in DS3 do not impact the game experience at all. Crafting resources are plentiful. No grinding required. I played through on Hard and Impossible difficulties and couldn't even tell you how to access the microtrans. You'd have to be a complete wuss or extremely lazy to spend extra in-game.

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Wrathesoul

@AverageGameJoe @Wrathesoul From everything I have been reading I sadly don't think we will be seeing a good Mass Effect or Battlefront for a long time if ever again. No game is great when they sell you it as a full complete retail game then inform you ya need to buy more costing twice as much or more to have a total complete experience or take enough away from the game like they did in dead space 3 and offer you microtransactions so you can make the best of the best weapons etc faster then grinding for days if you don't buy them.

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Cashmoney007

I still wish Microsoft bought Bioware. I just do not feel that EA and Bioware have been that good together. But I still blame Hudson for certain things in ME3.

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Wicked869

EA......lololololol

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jack00

EA is not in the business of making great games, they are in the business of making generic, half assed games and covering them up in sugar coating so they can make a maximum of profit while spending as little as possible.

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dogbert784

@jack00 And sometimes they can't even manage to do that. ie: Medal of Honor: Warfighter.

They're just hoping that enough explosions with Frostbite 3 will get people to bend over and take that Day-One DLC in Battlefield 4 and whatever shooter abomination Mirror's Edge turns into.

Who knows what they'll do to Star Wars: Battlefront. They've literally nurtured every franchise they've touched.

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Zloth2

@dogbert784 @jack00 Nurtured?? Ummm, you want to clarify that?

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GSGuy321

Completely on the other end of the Spectrum from Valve/Steam or CD Red Projekt when it comes to treating gamers/customers with respect.

EA treat gamers like utter trash and with contempt.

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McGregor

EA has some titles I really want to play in the near future. I don't think it makes them the greatest game company, but they are definitely up there when it comes to game publishers. As much as I dislike some of their practices, they are still releasing stuff I want...

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PuppetKutaro

I haven't bought a single EA game this gen...
World's greatest games company MY ASS!

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JohnMafia

@PuppetKutaro So you skipped out on some great games, what did you prove by doing that?

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PuppetKutaro

@JohnMafia @PuppetKutaro None of the EA games interested me this gen.

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cboye18

@JohnMafia @PuppetKutaro the only great game is bad company 2. I haven't own any EA game myelf since LOTR return of the king on ps2...

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moonlightwolf01

He can envision them as the greatest game company all he likes, but that won't make it true.

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lorider25

lol, I would say the same thing if I was on a $800,000 payroll

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bluebird08

ea greatest game company...... HA HA HA HA HA, thats never happening.