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Game giant Electronic Arts announced Friday that Denise F. Warren, head of digital products and services at the New York Times, will join its board of directors. Warren replaces outgoing board member Greg Maffei, who sat as a director for a decade (his departure, according to EA, is due to his commitments with Liberty Media, where he is CEO). Before taking over digital products, Warren was the NYT media group’s general manager and chief advertising officer.
News Bytemobile indie game publisher Tilting Point: Giordano “Gio” Contestabile, who until recently supervised the Bejeweled franchise at EA subsidiary PopCap Games. Contestabile joined PopCap in 2007, right before free-to-play games went wild on mobile. Before producing the hit puzzle series Bejeweled, he managed the business end of PopCap’s mobile games, including Plants vs. Zombies. As Tilting Point’s new VP of product management and revenue, Contestabile joins fellow EA vets Tom Frisina, Dan Sherman, Steve Coallier and Jim Hsu.
News Bytea post on EA’s blog Friday night, Maxis SVP and GM Lucy Bradshaw all but apologized for the server issues that have plagued the company’s SimCity reboot since it launched earlier this week. “A lot more people logged on than we expected,” Bradshaw wrote. “That was dumb, but we are committed to fixing it.” She pledged that the company would both fix lingering tech problems this weekend and offer a free PC game download to affected players later this month. Server downtime and changes between the old SimCity franchise and the reboot have led to near-universally negative reviews of the game on Amazon.