Friday, April 10, 2009

EA Games Waves Good-bye to Will Wright

Will Wright the designer of the Sims and Spore is leaving EA after 12 years of service. The reason for Wright’s decision to leave was his desire to put more time and energy into his own company called Stupid Fun Club that he created back in 2001. Stupid Fun Club focuses on developing new and unique forms of entertainment which will include video games, toys, movies, and anything else Wright can imagine. Wright’s decision to switch gears and create different types of media stems from his observations the entertainment industry. Wright felt that the entertainment industry was moving into an “era of revolutionary change” and he wanted to be on the front lines of the revolution.

You would think EA would be upset that one of their top designers is leaving, but you would be wrong. It seems that EA is having a little money troubles (evident by EA firing over 1,000 employees) and said that Wright’s games took a lot of time and money to make. This all seems like an amicable split, but EA isn’t letting Wright off the hook so easily. EA owns the rights to develop any video game that comes from Stupid Fun Club and it seems that the two companies will work together on other projects in the future. So good luck Will Wright and I hope to see something amazing from you in the future.

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