Interview: PopCap’s John Vechey says mistakes were made, but selling to EA wasn’t one

Since PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts nearly three years ago, the Seattle-based game maker has had its fair share of troubles: Layoffs, game cancellations, studio closures and executive departures. But PopCap’s co-founder John Vechey, who was named as the executive in charge of PopCap in January, said he can’t blame the problems on Electronic… Read More

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PopCap boss John Vechey on life lessons, Electronic Arts and his Plants vs. Zombies strategy

PopCap co-founder and General Manager John Vechey sat down to an Ask Me Anything Q&A session on Reddit today, and the results were interesting. Vechey, who recently took the reins of the company from Dave Roberts, who retired earlier this year, is known for his outspoken, energetic personality, which came in handy as he answered all manner… Read More

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PopCap CEO Dave Roberts retiring, co-founder John Vechey taking over

PopCap CEO Dave Roberts will be retiring after eight years at the Seattle-based game studio, the Electronic Arts unit  known for such hits as Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled. PopCap co-founder John Vechey will be taking over leadership of PopCap. The change, effective next week, was reported today by VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi. PopCap co-founder Jason Kapalka is also… Read More

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PopCap pulls plug on Dublin office, cutting 96 jobs

PopCap Games is cutting back even further, announcing today that it closed its offices in Dublin, Ireland. Ninety-six employees are losing their jobs as a result of the closure, which should not come as a surprise. At the time of last month’s announcement, the maker of Plants vs. Zombies and Bejeweled said it was considering shutting down the Ireland… Read More


PopCap’s John Vechey on the power of listening, and how they turned down a $300M buyout

Entrepreneurs need all sorts of personality traits in order to be effective leaders, from honesty and passion to confidence and fearlessness. But at the GeekWire Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards Thursday night, PopCap Games co-founder John Vechey talked about another skill that often gets overlooked. The power of listening. Vechey, who gave the keynote talk at… Read More