EA Games has announced that it’s splitting its studios into two organisations: EA Entertainment and EA Sports. Electronic Arts recently announced this as part of company restructuring plans which aims to give each organisation “more creative ownership and financial accountability” when making decisions during development and speeding up the process.
EA Entertainment will continue to house the publisher’s owned IP and licensed games and will be headed up by Laura Miele, who has been appointed president of EA Entertainment, Technology & Central Development. Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella will then lead the studios responsible for the development of Apex Legends, Battlefield and Star Wars games. Samantha Ryan will run the division’s lifestyle franchises and blockbuster single-player titles while Jeff Karp remains head of the mobile games business.
EA Sports, on the other hand, will continue to be led by Cam Weber, who has been appointed president of the division largely responsible for the company’s racing and sports games.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson spoke to employees yesterday about these restructuring plans, stating:
“This evolution of our company continues to empower our studio leaders with more creative ownership and financial accountability to make faster and more insightful decisions around development and go to market strategies. These steps will accelerate our business, drive growth, and deliver long-term value for our people, our players and our communities.”
In the midst of these changes, some key figures have also left the company. Wilson confirmed that Chris Bruzzo would be leaving his position as chief experiences officer, a role that will be taken over by former chief marketing officer David Tinson. Meanwhile, chief financial officer Chris Suh has decided to leave the company. His role will be replaced by former senior vice president of finance, Stuart Canfield.
Source: Electronic Arts