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Louis Castle leaves EA to join a web-portal business

By on July 24, 2009

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?

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: