hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

PopCap CEO retiring, studio co-founder taking over

9:00 PM on 01.03.2014 // Steven Hansen
  @dtoidsteven

Pop pop

As of January 8, PopCap CEO Dave Roberts, who joined the studio nine years ago, will be stepping down. Replacing him in the head role is John Vechey, one of the studio's original co-founders. The only remaining one, in fact, as co-founder Jason Kapalka is leaving along with Roberts, though he will remain a creative consultant for the company.

On the heels of the release of both Peggle 2 and Plants Vs. Zombies 2, it seems an interesting decisions. Apparently PvZ2 didn't monetize as well as EA would have liked and Vechey, speaking with GamesBeat, said of PopCap, "We need to get back to the place where we used to be and not just in mobile."

Seems that means less work on sequels, as well. Or at least more work on new ideas. "Getting more new IP out per year is the goal," Vechey said. "We want to formalize the creative process and get it to scale better." I like the sound of more new ideas as PopCap turns back a bit more towards development. And even that Plants Vs. Zombies shooter actually looks pretty fun.  

PopCap CEO to retire, cofounder will take over the Plants vs. Zombies studio (exclusive) [GamesBeat]




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Steven Hansen, Features Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure dtoidsteven Tips
Steven watches anime & sports, buys meat out of trucks, dates a Muppet, and is only good at cooking. He stands before you bereft of solace and well on the road to perdition. ('^ω^) more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter?
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -