Last month, game engine Unity announced a new “runtime fee” and the move was controversial, to say the least. Developers worldwide spoke out against the new policies. Some even started to take matters into their own hands. While Unity has walked back some of the fees and changed some of the policies, most developers feel that trust has been broken. Those who are able are moving on from Unity.
Yesterday, Unity announced the immediate retirement of John Riccitiello from his roles as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and a member of the Company’s Board of Directors. For now, James M. Whitehurst has been appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer, President, and a member of the Board. Roelof Botha has been appointed as Chairman. The company stated that Mr. Riccitiello will continue to advise Unity to ensure a smooth transition.
Unity’s Board has initiated a comprehensive search process to identify a new permanent CEO. The board will be assisted by a leading executive search firm, although the name of the firm was not disclosed in the press release.
“I am honored to join Unity as Interim CEO and President at this important time in its evolution,” Mr. Whitehurst said. “With the Company’s experienced leadership and passionate employees, I am confident that Unity is well-positioned to continue enhancing its platform, strengthening its community of customers, developers and partners, and focusing on its growth and profitability goals. I look forward to working closely with the Board and our talented global team to execute on our strategy, and I anticipate a seamless transition.”