Head of EA's PopCap unit reportedly leaving

|By:, SA News Editor

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.