BioWare Co-Founder Discusses Surviving The "EA Bear Hug"
Posted on Tuesday, January 29 @ 08:46:31 PST by Alex_Osborn
BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk, who parted ways with the studio not too long ago, has shed a bit of light on what it was like to work under the thumb of mega-publisher Electronic Arts.
"I think one of the reasons that we survived and succeeded within EA was that our company was mature enough and there was enough good people throughout to handle the EA bear hug—something that is well meaning but vigorous," Zeschuk told Polygon. "We needed to be strong to survive that and I think we did and you evolve from that as well."
When asked if negative fan reaction to Mass Effect 3 played a part in his retirement from the games industry, Zeschuk explained:
It's sad to see such a brilliant mind lose interest in the industry, but it's easy to understand how someone like Zeschuk could come to a place like this. After having to work with EA for several years and then dealing with all that ME3 fan backlash can't be fun, and would certainly squash any passion anyone might have left.
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