Electronic Arts unveiled its big lineup of games Monday ahead of the E3 video game convention-and in addition to high-tech graphics, social and cross-platform gaming were front and center.
The gaming giant gave a crowd at the Orpheum theater a sneak peek at flashy graphics from a slew of new games, but the focus really seemed to be on how the game business is evolving.
I sat down with CEO John Riccittielo for a first on CNBC interview on the fast-changing market and upcoming competition with Activision Blizzard.
The established PC franchise "The Sims" is coming to Facebook, to compete with the likes of Zynga's Farmville and Mafia Wars. But CEO John Riccittielo says he doesn't think they'll cannibalize each other, but rather that the market will grow.
Now gamers playing FIFA soccer will be able to compete with friends not just on the XBox or on Facebook, but seamlessly on all platforms they're playing on. Riccitiello stressed that gaming has changed-- it's no longer siloed on one platform or another, but truly fluid between these different gaming worlds.
Riccittielo is gearing up for a major battle between his upcoming "Battlefield" game with Activision's new "Call of Duty."