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Chillingo Founders Leave EA

by Eric Frederiksen | January 6, 2014January 6, 2014 7:30 pm PST


First, PopCap lost its CEO and a co-founder, then Criterion’s founders made their exit. Now it’s mobile developer Chillingo’s turn.

Founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee are, according to a report from MCV, departing Electronic Arts.

Chillingo was acquired just over three years ago in Oct. 2010, but Byatte and Wee continued to run the team within EA even after the $20 million deal.

Chillingo is responsible for a wide variety of mobile titles, publishing the original Angry Birds as well as games like Cut the Rope and others.

Without even counting the departure of BioWare’s Doctors last year, that’s three pairs of high profile departures in under a week. It could be simply coincidence, but along with EA’s Battlefield 4 trouble, it seems like a sign that something’s signaling people who can afford to get out to do so. It’s hard to miss the trend going on here, and if EA doesn’t do something soon, this could start taking its toll on their stock.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...