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6 Jan 2014

Chillingo Founders Make a Swift Exit from EA

According to reports from MCV, Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have resigned from their parent company Electronic Arts (EA) for reasons currently unknown.

In 2005, Byatte and Wee founded Chillingo and through the years have published multiple hits including the BAFTA-winning Cut the Rope, Feed Me Oil, Anomaly Warzone Earth, DrawRace 2, PredatorsContre Jour, Catapult King, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and their recent successes Feed Me Oil 2 and Icycle: On Thin Ice. They gained international notoriety by launching the original Angry Birds in 2009.

The duo sold the company to EA in 2010 for a whopping $20 million in cash but continued to run the division on EA’s behalf as director and general manager.

Last year Chillingo partnered with Samsung to create 100% Indie, a program to help independent mobile game developers create their own games for the Android platform. 100% Indie provided a community for devs to converse and listed resource tools for game development.

The news of Chris Byatte and Joe Wee’s departure from Chillingo comes as a bit of shock after the announcement that Dave Roberts and Jason Kapalka are also leaving EA’s PopCap. With all the position shake-ups at EA we’re all wondering what will be in store in the coming months for this mobile game publisher powerhouse.

(Source: MCV)

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