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Frank Gibeau Leaves EA

by William Schwartz

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For the past twenty years, Frank Gibeau has been a fixture at Electronic Arts. But the former mobile executive vice president has just departed from the infamous company, as announced by EA earlier today. “Frank Gibeau has chosen to transition on from Electronic Arts…We’d like to thank Frank for his achievements at EA and we wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said EA CEO Andrew Wilson.

No one knows what’s next for Frank Gibeau, who once oversaw the development of EA’s mobile titles. But as Wilson stresses, this seemingly won’t affect EA’s mobile game development. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you. In the meantime, the mobile development team is said to be reporting directly to Wilson.

The move, of course, is nothing out of the blue for many industry insiders. In fact, analyst Michael Pachter even predicted Frank Gibeau’s departure. For one, Gibeau had been reassigned to a less influential role in the company. And once he sold off his stock in EA, his departure was practically a done deal.

Gibeau’s departure is unlikely to put a huge dent in EA. But considering the twenty-plus years Frank Gibeau has spent with EA, it does make one wonder whether more departures are to come.

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