Australia’s own Andrew Wilson is the new CEO of EA

EA's Andrew Wilson

By on September 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Six months after the high-profile departure of EA’s John Riccitiello over failing to meet financial targets, EA have announced his successor: Australian Andrew Wilson, former head of the EA Sports label.

In a message posted on EA’s official news site, Wilson said that he was “deeply honored and humbled to become EA’s CEO”.

“In the short term, our mission is crystal clear: We are 100 percent focused on delivering our FY14 business plan,” says Wilson. “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.”

Wilson is perhaps best known recently for his appearance in this video, where he says the word “sports” a lot.

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This will be interesting. Hope this means we’ll get a direct line to the CEO when things go south.

 

Great..

Maybe he can inform us as to why we get charged more for games instead of being charged a reasonable rate

 

Don’t kid yourself. Raising company value, keeping shareholders happy and keeping his bonuses flowing are going to be his priority just as much as any previous EA CEO.

I somehow doubt he is going to be some sort of messiah for Australian gamers or anyone else.

 

Don’t get me wrong.. i am not kidding myself. i was being half sarcastic but there is an extremely tiny glimmer of hope i will always hold as to why Aussies get dicked on over prices compared to others around the world

 

“We are 100 percent focused on delivering our FY14 business plan…”

Just… make good games god dammit. People will buy those.

 

fattalker:
Great..

Maybe he can inform us as to why we get charged more for games instead of being charged a reasonable rate

^THIS

on a more serious note tho, talk about being given a poison chalice :S

 
Nasty Wet Smear

So now our country is to blame?

 

iiimystiii:
Don’t kid yourself. Raising company value, keeping shareholders happy and keeping his bonuses flowing are going to be his priority just as much as any previous EA CEO.

I somehow doubt he is going to be some sort of messiah for Australian gamers or anyone else. If he went ‘oh we’ll make global pricing’ the shareholders would vote him out quite quick. I guess you can blame the public for wanting higher superannuations over lower superannuations (unless you’re willing to sacrifice from your super for this ideal?)

Considering that quite literally the only point of a CEO is to generate value for shareholders you’ve kind of stated the obvious.

markamus: Just… make good games god dammit. People will buy those.

Actually, people don’t.

Remember how successful Deus Ex was on release? It wasn’t.

 
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