These two chuckleheads sound less like CEOs and more like pro wrestlers.
Call Of Duty should 'rot from the core' trolls EA boss
The war of words between Battlefield 3 and Call Of Duty has turned nasty, with EA's CEO attacking subscription service Call Of Duty Elite and comparing Modern Warfare to a Disney film.
EA has been trolling the Call Of Duty franchise for months now, with claims that Battlefield 3 is ‘flat out superior’ (and this long before Modern Warfare 3 had even been seen in public).
Activision hasn't quite been able to keep its mouth shut either, taunting EA about the fact that it still hasn't shown the console versions of Battlefield 3, but with this latest barb EA has taken the insults up a notch.
'I think that in a weird way it’s starting to feel a little to me like the Disneyland abstraction of a war game - a little bit jump the shark. So it feels a little bit like that to me,' said EA boss John Riccitiello in an interview with website IndustryGamers.
"The second thing is, I don’t know what’s in Elite right now, but based on what I’ve seen, I think they might’ve been better off holding the Elite thing and been a little more careful and show up a month after they’ve launched Modern Warfare 3,' he added.
'So I do think, though, that we’ve got the better game, the better tack. And if you think about your readership, it’s got a concentration of people that might tell the difference between a good game and a bad game. We’re going to do really well there.
'A lot of people bought Modern Warfare more for the coffee table and didn’t play it for 2 months. There’s sort of that mass audience... they’re going to win there. The question is, 'So, if the gamer buys our game and the mass audience buys their game, where do the two meet?' And all I want to do, if you will, is to have them rot from the core,' he continued.
Some might say he's got a point but are these really the sort of comments one of gaming's most powerful figures should be making in public? Maybe Bobby Kotick stole his Monster Munch or something but this sounds more like a schoolyard argument than insightful industry comment.