Unity co-founder and CEO steps out of the ring, tagging ex-EA boss John Riccitiello | PCGamesN

Unity co-founder and CEO steps out of the ring, tagging ex-EA boss John Riccitiello

New Unity CEO

David Helgason, Unity’s co-founder and CEO, has stepped down and board member and ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as his successor. Riccitiello was CEO of EA, after being President and Chief Operating Officer, but resigned last year. Since then he’s been dabbling in start ups and serving on boards, including Unity’s board of directors.   

Helgason won’t be leaving Unity, though, and will continue at the company as Executive Vice President of strategy and communications. 

“I’m so proud of everything Unity accomplished in the last decade but now it's time to look forward to an excellent future. Our mission is an important one, so I’m incredibly happy that John has agreed to lend his formidable experience to the role of CEO at Unity,” said David Helgason. “We’ve had the chance to work together over the last year-and-a-bit and come to recognize how similar our views are on the importance of the democratization of development to a thriving developer ecosystem and healthy games industry. We’re in great hands.”

“Unity has been a hugely positive force in the games industry for years. Now it’s my incredible fortune to have the opportunity to help guide Unity going forward.” said John Riccitiello. “Unity is more than a great engine or packages of services, it’s an amazing and diverse community of developers, many of which are changing the way we think about game design and production. Unity’s mission -- to democratize development -- is an important one that I’m very happy to help drive forward.”

A couple of weeks ago, there rumours about a possible acquisition of Unity, with the engine developer shopping around for buyers. But Unity responded to the rumours, stating that the company would continue to be independent. 

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Chester Mctubular Avatar
3 Years ago

Happy Halloween everybody.

MrJinxed Avatar
3 Years ago

Riccitiello was the douchebag that steered EA in the ultra evil direction it took, and was the person who did a lot to promote micro transactions, saying it was great idea to charge people to reload their clips in battlefield for a dollar or two.

I can't think of a worse choice to make the face of your company than that guy.

DravR Avatar
3 Years ago

If i recall Riccitiello does not have a good reputation with gamers, hopefully he redeems himself with game devs. If he makes any of the crazy statements he did at EA I suspect people will jump from unity very quickly. Choosing a development platform for devs it a bit more critical and a bigger investment of time/resources than buying a game.

unwanted Avatar
3 Years ago

I guess we'll see if it was EA making him say all of that crazy shit or that was something he really believed.