Originally posted by Lizante
Posted elsewhere, but applies here too:
A quote from the release is telltale: "he (Mr. Morrison) has shown a unique ability to tailor development according to the needs and requirements of the players."
Gaute could never do that. Gaute's "Let them eat cake" style of aloof management from afar and too obviously, proving once again with AoC that he had absolutely no "pulse" on the customer base, I am sure, frustrated the hell out of FunCom.
Gaute may have actually been asked to resign -- one thing for sure, the folks and FunCom aren't sorry to see him go. It's the equivalent of hari-kiri career-wise for Gaute, but that's okay, he's been with FunCom for 16 years and I've sure he's taking a good chunk of the company's value with him.
Everything about FunCom has always pointed to "Those who refuse to learn from History are doomed to repeated it." FunCom, even if Gaute said the contrary, didn't learn from AO and made many of the same mistakes (and a host of new ones) with AoC.
What was really annoying the FunCom investors was that AoC was not only underpreforming, it was heading south quickly while Gaute played Nero's fiddle to investors while roleplaying Marie Antoinette to the player community.
So here we go, history repeats itself -- Craig Morrison to the rescue *AGAIN* ...Craig has a good reputation and track record. He is certainly well accustomed with taking things from a blue funk to harmoniousness with charm and panache, yet in a purposeful, determined way.
this post nails it to the bone.Pretty much hits the essence of the problems associated with AOC.