The game engine company Unity has announced this afternoon that their chairman and CEO, John Riccitiello, will retire effective immediately.
Riccitiello has been in the news over the past couple of years as Unity CEO for calling developers “fucking idiots” for not wanting to monetize their games and, most recently, for the pricing changes and the following outrage of said change.
He is also known as the man who introduced “Project Ten Dollars“, a plan to reduce second-hand sales of games, while he was the CEO of Electronic Arts.
A press release about the news states that “The Board will initiate a comprehensive search process, with the assistance of a leading executive search firm, to identify a permanent CEO”. Also, they announced that the interim CEO of Unity will be James Whitehurst, the former CEO of Red Hat (editor’s note: This actually blew my mind when I read that part).