For those who have Pre-Ordered The Sims 3 Into the Future via Origin, please note that you may have been overcharged, or charged multiple times. Please see this thread for more info.
Frank Gibeau is a veteran gaming executive who until recently was in charge of console and PC game development at Electronic Arts, a gaming colossus that has had some misfires and queasy moments in recent years.
What follows has been condensed and edited from a conversation with Mr. Gibeau at EA’s headquarters in Silicon Valley as the company prepared to introduce Battlefield 4, its biggest game of the year.
A few weeks after this chat, Mr. Gibeau became head of EA’s mobile development. He is a forceful spokesman for gaming in general and a rejuvenated EA in particular.
Q. How healthy is the overall gaming business?
A. Interactive gaming was probably a $25 billion business in 2005. Much of that was in consoles, a little in PCs. Now it’s a $60 billion to $70 billion business. Much of the growth was generated by mobile. Every smartphone, every tablet, is a gaming-enabled device.
Ever wonder what the developers are up to when they’re not creating our beautiful Sims? Creative Director to The Sims 4, Ray Mazza, gives us an inside look at The Sims Office Pranks.
Maxis is bursting at the seams with creative people. Usually, that creativity is spent making awesome Sims games. Sometimes, it is channeled into art projects or landscaping or fine cuisine. Or, occasionally, that creativity gets diverted into mischief. I remember a lot of that mischief fondly, so I’d like to share just a few of the occasions when it found its way into someone’s cube.
The Giant Beach Ball
Meet Manu! Manu made the mistake of being away from his office for a while during the middle of The Sims 3 expansion packs. Naturally, we filled his office with small beach balls. And a gargantuan, 12-foot-diameter ball.
Executive Chairman Larry Probst posted the following:
On behalf of EA’s Board of Directors, I am very pleased to announce that we have chosen Andrew Wilson to serve as the next Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Arts.
The rigorous search conducted by our Board included several talented executives from both outside the company and from within EA. Andrew’s appointment is a clear demonstration of the deep bench of management talent at EA, and reflects our fundamental belief that EA is on track to become the global leader in interactive games and services.
Andrew joined EA in 2000 and has held several strategic positions in our studio organization, providing leadership on product and brand development for both packaged goods and digital services. He has extensive experience with our Asia Online Publishing Group and our studio in Seoul, Korea. Earlier in his career at EA, Andrew distinguished himself as the Executive Producer of our FIFA franchise. Most recently he has served as the Executive Vice President overseeing EA SPORTS and our online portal for digital games and services, Origin. In his leadership role of the EA SPORTS Label he has shown an exceptional ability to identify and develop talented people and teams.
I am convinced that Andrew was an inspired choice by our Board, and one I expect the team at EA will enthusiastically support. Andrew is the first studio executive to serve as our CEO, a testament to his blend of creative skills and business acumen. He is a compelling and charismatic communicator who cares deeply about organizational development, teams, and the individual careers of people who work for EA. Most of all, he has a powerful sense of respect for and commitment to our consumers.
To support Andrew in his transition to CEO, I will continue to serve as EA’s Executive Chairman for an indefinite period.
Please join me in congratulating Andrew on becoming the Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Arts.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson posted the following blog entry”
Let me start by saying I am deeply honored and humbled to become EA’s CEO. I have a profound respect and passion for this organization, as well as for our global community of fans, and I’m incredibly motivated to serve our people, our gamers and our shareholders at such an exciting time in our industry.
From my start at EA in Australia back in 2000, through stops in Asia, Europe and now North America, I’ve worked with people in this company who have consistently amazed and inspired me. It’s my passion for our people and the great products we all impact that gives me such excitement for our future. I hope you all feel the same level of energy and optimism that I do as we embark on this journey together.
I envision EA as the World’s Greatest Games Company. This is not about what we are aiming for or what we will become. Rather, it is about an unfaltering commitment to what we will be every day. This is an attitude that must drive our culture as one team.
I also believe EA’s strategy is sound. Our focus on our talent, our brands and our platform together with our investment in next-generation consoles, mobile and PC free-to-play, as part of our ongoing transition to digital, is right. But we have plenty of work ahead to ensure our collective success.
In the short term, our mission is crystal clear: We are 100 percent focused on delivering our FY14 business plan. 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.
Looking ahead, my focus will be on three things:
1. Continued transformation for our digital future;
2. Delivering amazing games and services across platforms; and
3. Instilling a culture of execution that will drive profitable growth.
In the days and weeks ahead, I will provide a greater level of operational detail behind the plan that will make these goals a reality.
I could not be more proud to lead you as CEO of EA. Thank you in advance for your support.
You can now return DL games if you are not satisfied: http://t.co/kJ4tloLDB5
— Crin (@crinrict) August 20, 2013
1. Click into your order history in your Origin account.
2. Click the “Request a Refund” link by a product you wish a refund on.
3. Fill out the form.
4. You will get a confirmation in 48 hours and a refund in 10 days if you qualify for a refund.
5. If you want to check the status, click into your order history and check My Cases to see if it has been processed.
6. If you have questions, contact EA.
For those who are were still hoping that The Sims Series makes an appearance: I received an email today by EA’s PR team confirming once again that The Sims 4 will not be at E3.
Tune In On June 10 for the Unveil of EA’s Next Generation
“The Download: EA 2013 Preview” Will Feature New Video and Gameplay of EA’s Hottest Next-Gen Games
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The next generation of games from Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) will finally be revealed on Monday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. PT (4:00 p.m. ET) exclusively on Spike TV and streaming on www.ea.com/e3. “The Download: EA 2013 Preview” will feature the a first look at EA SPORTS™ UFC, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA LIVE, the latest from Need for Speed™ Rivals and the live world premiere of Battlefield 4™ all-out multiplayer warfare — and other surprises.
E3 attendees will be the first to get hands-on of Battlefield 4, experience next generation sports titles in the EA SPORTS IGNITE Lab, test drive Need For Speed Rivals and more all at EA’s booth #1601 in the south hall. EA will be showcasing titles for the Xbox One™, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®4 and PC. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) from June 11-13.
Media demos for upcoming mobile titles such as the PopCap™ studio’s highly-anticipated Plants vs. Zombies™ 2, EA’sUltima™ Forever, and Fightback, developed by renowned studio Ninja Theory and published by Chillingo, will be held at the JW Marriott by appointment only.
Product information, assets and exclusive EA content will be available throughout the show at www.ea.com/e3. Follow EA on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/ea and on Facebook® at www.facebook.com/ea.
GameTrailers has posted a short preview of EA’s E3 Lineup. The full list of games appearing at E3 has not been revealed yet, so let’s hope The Sims 4 makes that list. EA will host their E3 Press Conference on June 10th at 1pm Pacific.