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Louis Castle leaves EA to join a web-portal business

By on July 24, 2009
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I missed this while I was at the Develop Conference: Louis Castle, co-founder of EA’s Westwood Studios and a games developer since 1985, has left to join InstantAction as CEO.

Instant Action is owned by Barry Diller’s IAC and offers high-quality 3D games direct to the web for “hardcore gamers who find the games more accessible than expensive console games, international gamers who don’t have access to consoles, and former core gamers who have careers or families and no longer have as much time to pour into the gigantic game experiences they used to”.

I’ve blogged before about senior executives leaving EA and Sega to join web start-ups. Is this more of the same, or just Louis wanting to make games that he can play now that he is a bit older?

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  • I agree it's odd. We've seen Simon Jeffrey leaving Sega, but where is the exodus from Take-Two, THQ, Ubisoft, Codemasters etc. Perhaps it's just that the mainstream games press only covers the stories when they come from EA.

    But when someone senior leaves Blizzard to join a start-up, that will really be worth talking about.

  • deftangel

    As I said on Twitter, I find it a bit strange that EA are bleeding so many people compared to others. Under Riccitello they seem to be heading in the right directions slowly but surely, more so than some others I'd venture.

    Given that it's a slow drip feed over time rather than a mass exodus post a big shake up when he first arrived so I'm not sure it's so easy to connect it to any internal changes at the company.

    Perhaps EA have done too good a job in training their people to spot emerging opportunities.

  • I agree it's odd. We've seen Simon Jeffrey leaving Sega, but where is the exodus from Take-Two, THQ, Ubisoft, Codemasters etc. Perhaps it's just that the mainstream games press only covers the stories when they come from EA.

    But when someone senior leaves Blizzard to join a start-up, that will really be worth talking about.

  • As I said on Twitter, I find it a bit strange that EA are bleeding so many people compared to others. Under Riccitello they seem to be heading in the right directions slowly but surely, more so than some others I'd venture.

    Given that it's a slow drip feed over time rather than a mass exodus post a big shake up when he first arrived so I'm not sure it's so easy to connect it to any internal changes at the company.

    Perhaps EA have done too good a job in training their people to spot emerging opportunities.