Dave Roberts, chief executive of Electronic Arts’ PopCap Games division, is retiring from the game studio that he joined almost nine years ago. Cofounder John Vechey will take over the job of running the Seattle-based studio that created hits like Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled.
The studio sold to Electronic Arts for over $750 million in 2011 back when John Riccitiello ran things. With the appointment of new CEO Andrew Wilson in September, the management structure of EA and its various studios has been changing.
This makes Vechey the last remaining cofounder, as Jason Kapalka will leave PopCap at the same time that Dave Roberts does. Kapalka will remain a creative consultant for PopCap.
The news will be effective Wednesday, January 8th.