Gamesbeat revealed that Popcap’s CEO Dave Robinson (seen right) is stepping down from his position in the EA owned company. John Vechey, the last remaining cofounder of the company, will now take the CEO position. Robinson joined Popcap nine years ago, and helped the company grow to the casual gaming juggernaut it is today. He was also likely instrumental in the company’s purchase by EA for $750 million. PopCap also stands to earn an additional $550 million if they meet earnings goals through the end of this year.
The new CEO, John Vechey (left), spoke with Gamesbeat, saying “PopCap’s mission right now is to create the greatest mobile game studio in the world, and we’re going to do that by only making games that are beloved by players. We’re focusing on our foundation in 2014 – talent, process, and most importantly, great products, around that mission.” He added that this doesn’t just mean mobile games like it’s mega hits Bejewled and Plants vs Zombies 2. Major console games like Peggle 2 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare are helping to change this for the Seattle-based studio.
What the future holds for Popcap now is uncertain, though Vechey alluded to new IPs, saying “We have underinvested in new IP. Getting more new IP out per year is the goal. We want to formalize the creative process and get it to scale better.” We here at The League of Mediocre Gamers want to wish Dave Robinson all the best in his future endeavors, and hope Vechay and PopCap continue to deliver the fun games they have for years.
by, Bobby Marquardt