Electronic Arts’ communication chief Jeff Brown has departed the company after 14 years to head up corporate communications at GoPro.
Brown is known for being direct with his responses when EA was attacked by competitors. When Zynga announced it was creating games which would put it in direct competition with EA, speaking to Venturebeat Brown asked, “Just once, can Zynga publish a game that they didn’t clone from another developer?”
Brown also responded to Lorne Lanning’s account of how EA attempted to buy Oddworld Inhabitants with: “We with Lorne luck on the game and recommend Lithium for the paranoia and Tourette Syndrome,” he said. “Nobody here remembers a jet, a Ferrari or an offer to buy his company.”
According to Venturebeat, Brown left the company in September after his friend John Riccitiello stepped down as CEO of EA, but had nothing to do with Andrew Wilson becoming CEO.
“I spent 14 years at EA. The only institution I have ever done longer is my marriage,” Brown said, in part.
“When I started, I thought it would be a 12-month gig. I had no intention of staying that long. I fell in love with games, and I have a lot of close friends at EA. I am completely supportive of Andrew. But it was a good time for me to say goodbye.”