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Will Wright has finally left EA to focus on his own company, after thinking about the move for more than a year

Electronic Arts confirmed Will Wright, the man behind The Sims and Spore, is leaving EA to work at an entertainment studio he originally created in 2001.

Wright will be working full-time at Stupid Fun Club, a company designed to focus on new projects that could later be turned into video games, movies, toys, and other entertainment ventures -- EA also is serving as a sponsor of the company.

In 2001, the company was focused on robots, and drew a large amount of media attention because of Wright's involvement.

"The entertainment industry is moving rapidly into an era of revolutionary change.  Stupid Fan Club will explore new possibilities that are emerging from this sublime chaos and create new forms of entertainment on a variety of platforms," Wright said in a statement.  "In my twelve years at EA, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside some of the brightest and most talented game developers in the industry and I look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

Wright began talking about leaving EA for Stupid Fun Club -- located in Berkeley, California -- last year, and will lead a team of nine employees.  Sim City -- and all of its expansion games -- has sold more than 100 million copies since the game's original launch in 1989.

Considering Wright's involvement has led to some of EA's biggest game titles, it should be interesting to see if this hurts the company's future projects.  The company is currently reorganizing after announcing it will lay off around 1,100 employees and will publish a smaller number of video games.

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By Screwballl on 4/9/2009 10:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
To be blunt...

I agree 100%.... this is exactly why I have a personal embargo on EA games (not to say I don't "try them" from torrents for a few days, but I refuse to give them money, even for Wii games).
They took Westwood with the best RTS series (Command and Conquer) and turned it into some lame series of games that was just there to make EA money.
They grabbed Maxis and took a simulation game maker and turned it into a kiddie game maker (The Sims, SimCity Societies).

I loved the original SimCity games but ever since EA took over it is just updated or dumbed-down graphics for the same thing that was in SimCity 2000. This is why I am looking forward (in a MAJOR way) for Cities XL.

EA is one of the main reasons why I have changed my game buying habits to games without DRM or at least non-intrusive DRM... such as Sins of a Solar Empire, Supreme Commander, earlier Morrowind games, Call of Duty games, Counter Strike games (although I HATE Steam). I have even been getting into open source free games like Nexuiz and Planeshift.

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