Peter Moore Defends John Riccitiello’s Legacy Against Critics

Following John Riccitiello’s resignation as EA’s Chief Executive Officer, EA COO Peter Moore took to Facebook to defend the legacy of his former boss from criticism that went up on gaming website Kotaku.

Peter Moore took Kotaku to task for posting an article titled “The Best John Riccitiello Jokes Twitter Has to Offer“, which highlighted jokes that its writers had spotted on Twitter following Riccitiello’s departure, which included tweets made by Kotaku contributors.

“Kotaku reveling in what, due to their self-smugness, they don’t realize is a sad day for our industry, which is the platform on which they actually make money,” wrote Moore on Facebook. (via Gamesindustry.biz)

“John not only helped propel our company and interactive entertainment into new experiences, thus enticing millions of new people to become ‘gamers’, his work leading the ESA in recent years has helped ensure that we don’t experience the fate of the music industry. Sad loss for all of us who had the pleasure of working with him as we emerged from The Burning Platform.”

Peter Moore is potentially in line to take over the position left vacant by Riccitiello. We’ll keep you up to date with the developments at EA as it happens.

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18 Comments on Peter Moore Defends John Riccitiello’s Legacy Against Critics

Jim

On March 19, 2013 at 6:09 am

Moore has about as much credibility defending Riccitiello as George W Bush would have defending George HW Bush.

The fact that Moore is supposedly next in line despite thinking Riccitiello did a good job – regardless of the overwhelming body of evidence both financially and editorially that suggests otherwise – is the perfect example of which EA is going to be liquidated in the next few years if it doesn’t buck its ideas up.

Foehunter82

On March 19, 2013 at 7:29 am

I’m all for game developers making money off of their IP, I just don’t like the asinine schemes they come up with to make money, such as overpriced DLC, always online DRM schemes, or not dealing with the reality of their public relations with gamers.

Piledriver

On March 19, 2013 at 7:42 am

Foehunter82 – unfortunately, a lot of businessmen and far-right people seem to equate the dislike of unethical and often unlawful practices with “politics of envy” or “hatred of success.” I have no problem with success as long as it’s actually done with something resembling morality. EA has been ripping off its customers, forcing games onto shelves before they’re finished, and treating its own employees like garbage for years now. It’s not ‘jealousy’ to oppose this.

The left obviously has its own fatuous defense mechanisms in certain situations (usually in immigration debates where they always bring the level down to ‘racism’ in order to try and win an argument that isn’t being argued) but the idea that “companies exist to make money at all costs, and that’s the way it is and should be” is laughable. Where’s the value in success if it’s only achievable through borderline-criminal means? Or at the very least, through short-term practices that ultimately cause the companies to either go bust or require a public bail-out for yet another quick fix that won’t last long?

Peter Moore is delusional.

Mr Glassback

On March 19, 2013 at 7:55 am

But it isn’t just Kotaku is it?
Many, many people are revelling in this and don’t think of it as a sad day for the industry. Are they all examples of self smugness?
Why not just accept that the company is genuinely detested and try to do something about it rather than try to take the high ground each time they get hated on.

Aedelric

On March 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

If he did a good job, then he would not need defending, his work would speak for itself.

Unfortunately for him, his work does speak for itself, and it is not good.

Patches

On March 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

A “good riddance” in advance for when Moore will resign…

Foehunter82

On March 19, 2013 at 10:56 am

@Piledriver: I agree completely.

Michael

On March 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Of course he’s going to defend him. Also he’s not leaving the company poor, he’s leaving as a multimillionaire so he’s beyond fine financially. The main problem is that when he became CEO that’s when all the problems started beginning with all the games and trying to be like steam by introducing Origin. I think Origin is the #1 reason the company is where its at now and why I believe John left.

To disagree with Peter Moore he didn’t entice millions of new people to become gamers, I believe the business model strategies that were performed under his time there with the company has lost millions more who supported them over the years myself included.

The problem is if the next person to take his place going to fix what he messed up and try to win back the millions of consumers who stopped buying there stuff.

And the first step is to get rid of ORIGIN.

Quinsec

On March 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

EA is the most poisonous company in gaming – this man deserves no defense. We all deserve an apology for ruined developers, exploited customers, and broken/incomplete games.

Kevin

On March 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

If and when St. Gabriel of Newell steps down, you will most likely hear mourning and praise heaped upon the man who has never put out a bad game, showed how you can make non intrusive DRM, revolutionized the way games are distributed and patched, and I’m sure he will innovate bigtime in a few different ways in the future.

Nobody, even at the “big” gaming sites seem to be shedding a tear over this mans demolition of several franchies and forever staining the name of what was, believe it or not, once a venerable gaming company.

Cyberslayer

On March 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

“they don’t realize is a sad day for our industry”
I think that there are plenty of people who would disagree.

R.J.

On March 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

A “sad day for the industry”? Sorry, but it isn’t always a sad day when someone leaves/loses their job. Yes, I feel for lower tier employees that can only do what they’re told and get fired when the product doesn’t sell, but it’s not exactly sad when someone that has made millions leaves a company that couldn’t release a game without it having some sort of controversy attached to it. Sometimes it’s good to lose some people since it allows others the opportunity to try something new. Even if it is a “sad day” for EA, it is hardly a sad day for the entire industry. If this is going to be the attitude of the man most likely to become EA’s CEO, I have serious doubts as to whether anything will change. One of the biggest problems people have with EA is that they deny what is right in front of them and pretend that all is well.

gasmaskangel

On March 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I think the cognitive dissonance gave me an aneurysm.

“John not only helped propel our company and interactive entertainment into new experiences, thus enticing millions of new people to become ‘gamers’,” Man I feel sorry for those people. See, I got into gaming because of Doom, and was cemented into a life long love of gaming by Baldur’s Gate II and Planescape Torment. Some poor bastard’s first game was Warfighter.

“his work leading the ESA in recent years has helped ensure that we don’t experience the fate of the music industry.” Well it’s certainly avoided that fate! After all I can stick a cd into my computer and expect it to play music without having to connect to a freaking server where as always online DRM ensures that there is no guarantee of playing your game when you actually want to. Oh, and remind me what was the ESA’s stance on SOPA again?

“Sad loss for all of us who had the pleasure of working with him as we emerged from The Burning Platform.”

Are you frakking high sir? And what in the name of the Bhuddah’s second cousin is a “burning platform”? I don’t doubt that he was great fun to work with if you happened to be one of the people hoping to transfer my hard earned money into EA’s pockets but as a gamer I fail to see anyway John Riccitiello did anything other than suck the fun out of my favorite hobby.

Foehunter82

On March 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

@gasmaskangel: I think Moore believes that EA has somehow been saved from total collapse at this point.

Tommy B Rude

On March 19, 2013 at 10:06 pm

@Piledriver
As a right-wing nutjob I’m offended that you would even imply that I would support EA’s business practices.
Although if we were to bring social ideology into this, I support the conservative method of dealing with the gaming gulag, which is gamers accepting responsibility for themselves and just not buying anything put out by companies like EA, who we know are outright abusive to their consumers. The biggest delusion, regardless of any political leaning is that companies will change theory ways if we complain but still give them our money. They don’t want us happy, they want us trained, which is sadly what most gamers are.

Roy Batty

On March 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

You know what I find fascinating? They fact that Mr. Moore looks so much like Lee Van Cleef – if they wanted to butcher errr remake “The Good The Bad and The Ugly” – They should give Mr. Moore a call.

Piledriver

On March 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

Tommy B Rude – I meant people who are REALLY right-wing and think corporations should be allowed to run riot because they’re “earned it”, not social conservatives who just want people to be held to account for their own actions which is something I support in most cases. Like I said though, I find the far-left just as odious while supporting many centre-left ideals.

I apologise for not making this distinction clear and for inadvertently offending you.

Freedonadd

On March 20, 2013 at 8:58 am

“his work leading the ESA in recent years has helped ensure that we don’t experience the fate of the music industry.”

ooooh you mean that ESA who happilly sided with SOPA and PIPA while the big companies (yer olde EA included) stood silently while giving those congressmen a handjob below the table?

Yeah bloody good job that was…