Ex-EA CEO, John Riccitiello has taken up the CEO role at Unity replacing current CEO David Helgason. Riccitiello’s introduction touches on his previous work with EA, Oculus and Syntertainment showing some of the strengths in other areas that now placed him at the head of the engine developer.
He’s the right person to help guide the company to the mission that we set out for ourselves over a decade ago: democratize game development!
Many of you are likely familiar with John. He’s been in the games industry for a long time, both as COO and later CEO of Electronic Arts. He’s also helped fund and guide some notable startups like Oculus and Syntertainment among many others, and is a heartfelt believer in the indie scene and its importance to the overall well-being of the industry.
Helgason will remain with Unity working as EVP on strategy, and connecting with developers.
I will be heavily involved with the company’s direction, and will focus my efforts on finding the best ways to serve all of you amazing developers, all while working with some insanely talented people here at Unity.
The announcement finalises with comforting words for developers around the direction of Unity in the future
What does this mean for Unity? Not too much, since John completely agrees with our vision and our strategy. If anything it means that we’ll be more focused than ever about making sure everyone has access to the best technology and services. We want all of you to have the best tools and opportunities, and we’re going to do everything we can to make that happen across the board.
For the full announcement check out http://blogs.unity3d.com/2014/10/22/leading-unity-into-the-future/