Another EA executive leaves

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EA’s always been considered a titan in the gaming industry – and perhaps it is indeed Titantic, as another executive has jumped ship.

The latest high-profile EA staffer to leave the company is Jeff Brown, the publisher’s  rather outspoken company spokesman. Though you may not recognise his name, you’ll probably remember many of his brash and defensive, and often funny comments.

”We wish Lorne luck on the game and recommend Lithium for the paranoia and Tourettes Syndrome. Nobody here remembers a jet, a Ferrari, or an offer to buy his company,” Brown said in a story about Oddworld. creator Lorne Lanning’s reputed statements about an EA acquisition.

In 2011, he responded to Activision’s Gamescom keynote with a gauntlet throwdown.

“Welcome to the big leagues Eric. I know you’re new in the job but someone should have told you this is an competitive industry. You’ve got every reason to be nervous. Last year Activision had a 90 share in the shooter category. This year, Battlefield 3 is going to take you down to 60 or 70. At that rate, you’ll be out of the category in 2-3 years. If you don’t believe me, go to the store and try to buy a copy of Guitar Hero or Tony Hawk.”

He’s off to join fish-eye lensed EXTREME camera maker GoPro, in a similar position.

"I spent 14 years at EA," Brown told VentureBeat. "The only institution I have ever done longer is my marriage. When I started, I thought it would be a 12-month gig. I had no intention of staying that long. I fell in love with games, and I have a lot of close friends at EA. I am completely supportive of Andrew. But it was a good time for me to say goodbye."

That’s the sixth executive who’s left the company in the first two weeks of this year. There’s some sort of corporate reshuffling going on at EA which seems to have people pretty nervous.

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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