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Gaming News: "The RiffRaff"
Posted: Monday February 23rd, 2009 by

During the question and answer session following his DICE summit address earlier this week, EA CEO John Riccitiello informed those in attendance that he believes the recession to be a "blessing", that the economic downturn will force "the riffraff" out of business.
Source: 1Up.Com [ more info ]

If you squint really hard and cross your eyes just so... you might halfway see his point. I just can't shake how insensitive it is. It's not just "riffraff" cutting jobs and closing their doors. EA themselves have cut over 1000 employees and closed/consolidated 9 locations. I guess they don't count.

Alright, so maybe I'm being too protective to embrace Riccitiello's point. But I don't care how much "fat" needs to be cut from the industry. Right now just isn't a good time to say the recession is a blessing on any level.

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