Unity CEO John Riccitiello has apologised for a recent interview in which he called some game developers “the biggest fucking idiots”.
Here’s the part of the interview in question (emphasis ours):
Pocket Gamer: Implementing monetisation earlier in the process and conversation is certainly an angle that has seen pushback from some developers.
Riccitiello: Ferrari and some of the other high-end car manufacturers still use clay and carving knives. It’s a very small portion of the gaming industry that works that way, and some of these people are my favourite people in the world to fight with – they’re the most beautiful and pure, brilliant people. They’re also some of the biggest fucking idiots.
Understandably, the comment didn’t go down well with many game developers.
In a letter addressed to the Unity community, Riccitiello apologised for his comment and attempted to clarify what he meant to say:
Some game developers have already said they’re moving to other platforms, or are considering doing so:
If your game engine doesn't improve in the next 12-14 months, our studio will be looking elsewhere, as will many others. We want action, action to create a better core engine, action in listening to the developers that paid for the carpet under your feet before the IPO launched.— Julian Ball (@JulianJBall) July 17, 2022
However, going by the responses, more people are concerned about Unity’s merger with ironSource and the general direction of gaming monetisation.
90% of people don't want monetization in their games, ya know why? Because you're taking a game, something magical, a unique form of art. A new world to explore and you're wanting to turn it into a slot machine. And swindle people out of their money. 1/2— Winter (@beaniest_bean_) July 18, 2022
It’s perhaps worth noting that Riccitiello was the former CEO of EA, a company notorious for “loot boxes” and similar monetisation strategies that rely on a “compulsion loop” (the nice way of saying “taking advantage of addiction”).
We’ll just have to wait and see what happens when the dust settles.
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