There’s a new boss at Unity. Today, current Unity CEO David Helgason is stepping down from that role. Former EA CEO John Riccitiello will take his spot.
“This is an amazing win for Unity and the community,” Helgason wrote in a post. “He’s the right person to help guide the company to the mission that we set out for ourselves over a decade ago: democratize game development!”
Riccitiello is no stranger to Unity. He has served as a member of the board of directors for the company.
As for Helgason, he will transition into a role where he helps formulate strategies and establish relationships with developers. Helgason describes going “back to doing what I love the most about working at Unity.” He says he will still play an integral role in the company’s direction.
Helgason also touched on what this means for Unity moving forward.
“What does this mean for Unity? Not too much, since John completely agrees with our vision and our strategy. If anything it means that we’ll be more focused than ever about making sure everyone has access to the best technology and services,” Helgason writes.
Sounds like no sale to me. Rumors had surrounded the company in recent weeks about a possible sale. But, who knows? These days any company can be bought in a blink of an eye. I’m leaning towards no sale, though. Why bring in a high-profile figure as CEO just to potentially dump it soon after. At some point, sure, Unity will probably explore their options. But, it doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon.
Unity is a major player in the video game engine world. Back in May, Helgason told GamesBeat there are more than 630,000 developers using their platform. That’s double what it was in 2012.
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