Head of EA's PopCap unit reportedly leaving


VentureBeat reports Dave Roberts, the CEO of Electronic Arts' (EA) PopCap mobile games unit, is leaving the company, and will be replaced by co-founder John Vechey. Another co-founder, Jason Kapkala is also reportedly resigning, but will remain a "creative consultant."

EA acquired PopCap, creator of the popular Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled franchises, for $750M + $550M in performance incentives in 2011. But the unit has had trouble monetizing new titles amid an industry shift towards free-to-play mobile games, and has seen multiple layoffs.

The Simpsons: Tapped Out and Real Racing 3, arguably EA's two biggest recent mobile successes, came from other company divisions.

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