Unity CEO John Riccitiello resigned after a recent scandal over the company’s business model, which provoked discontent among game developers, writes VentureBeat.
“It’s been a privilege to lead Unity for nearly a decade and serve our employees, customers, developers and partners, all of whom have been instrumental to the company’s growth,” he said.
John Riccitello will continue to advise Unity. Meanwhile, James M. Whitehurst will become interim CEO and president of the company. The chairman of the board of Unity will be the leading independent director of the company’s board of directors, Rulof Botha.
“John has led Unity through incredible growth over the last nearly 10 years, helping us transition from a perpetual license to a subscription model, enabling developers to monetize, building other game services to serve our creator community, leading us through an IPO and positioning us as a pioneer in the developer community,” noted Rulof Botha.
Recently, a scandal broke out around Unity when the company announced the introduction of a special fee called Runtime Fee. It was planned to be charged from January 1, 2024, for each game installation. Nevertheless, this outraged game developers, so Unity was forced to reconsider its intentions.