Electronic Arts restructuring splits EA Games and EA Sports
An internal restructuring at the publisher has led to EA Sports and EA Games splitting into two organizations, with EA Games being renamed “EA Entertainment”.
- CEO Andrew Wilson announced the plan in a new update posted to the company's official website, stating that it would "empower [its] studio leaders with more creative ownership and financial accountability to make faster and more insightful decisions around development and go-to-market strategies." Wilson also stated that the decision would "accelerate [its] business, drive growth, and deliver long-term value" to the company's players, community, and employees.
- EA Sports will continue to house the publisher's sports properties, including the PGA Tour, Madden, NHL, and EA Sports FC, which previously used the FIFA license. Cam Weber was named president after serving as EA Sports' Executive Vice President and Group GM since 2018. He will be responsible for "guiding the organization responsible for our genre-leading EA SPORTS experiences and our entire racing portfolio.”
- EA Entertainment will maintain the same structure as EA Games, with Laura Miele taking over as president of entertainment, technology, and central development after leaving her previous position as chief operating officer. Respawn's CEO, Vince Zampella, will continue to oversee Apex Legends, Battlefield, and its Star Wars projects, while Samantha Ryan will be in charge of "lifestyle franchises and blockbuster single-player experiences," and Jeff Karp will lead its mobile teams.
- Chris Bruzzo, chief experience officer, is set to retire, and David Tinson will take his place. Chris Suh, the publisher's chief financial officer, is also leaving to join the financial firm Visa, with Stuart Canfield taking his place. Wilson will remain CEO of EA, and the new leadership will work "over the coming months" to fully implement the new changes.
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- According to a former Titanfall 3 developer, the game was in development for 10 months before it was canceled. He explained that the project was canceled because the development team became more interested in the battle royale genre, prompting it to focus on what would become Apex Legends.
- BioWare is stepping back from Star Wars: The Old Republic to focus on future Dragon Age and Mass Effect titles, with its operations being handed over to a third-party studio. Broadsword Online, the developer of Ultima Online, is expected to take over the title and create new content, with many of the current development team joining the company.