Unity CEO resigns amid controversy over engine monetization strategy

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Former Unity CEO John Riccitiello, who previously held a key position at Electronic Arts, has resigned following a stormy response from developers to the company’s proposed game engine monetization plans. These plans were later revised due to backlash.

Riccitiello, who first joined Unity’s board of directors in 2013 and became its CEO in 2014, expressed gratitude for his tenure:

It has been a privilege to lead Unity for nearly a decade and serve our employees, customers, developers and partners, all of whom have been instrumental in the company’s growth. I look forward to supporting Unity during this transition and following the company’s future success.

To succeed Riccitiello, former IBM president James Whitehurst will take the helm as CEO and interim president of Unity. Unity’s board of directors has also announced a change in its leadership, with Roelof Botha as the new chairman.

James Whitehurst, on his appointment, shared: “With the company’s experienced leadership and passionate employees, I am confident that Unity is well positioned to continue improving its platform, strengthening its community of customers, developers and partners, and focusing on its growth and profitability objectives.

Unity has reversed any monetization plans the company had for its game engine, confirming that it will not charge installation fees for those with Unity Personal and Unity Plus plans.

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