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EA boss Riccitiello for the high jump?

If you underperform, you should be worried about your job, says analyst

After missing a few financial forecasts a number of analysts have come out and said that investors aren't happy and something drastic has to happen to turn things around.

"Anytime you underperform, you should be worried about your job," said Janco Partners analyst Mike Hickey, via Reuters. "An inability to execute on his performance objectives this year could put him at risk."

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The issues have come from EA's shares rising just 2.7 percent in the last year while its rivals such as Activision, Take-Two and even THQ have all seen greater increases.

Analyst Michael Pachter sees trouble ahead: "Investors feel betrayed, and the comment I got most from investors today is 'They don't seem to care about investors.' This management team is running out of room to underperform. I think investor tolerance is gone ... they don't get another year to turn around."

Another analyst, this time Arvind Bhatia of Sterne, Agee & Leach, pulls no punches: "For a $4 billion-plus company, that just isn't acceptable. Something is going to happen here -- drastic costs cuts or them buying someone or getting sold -- something has got to give in the next 12 to 18 months."

Pachter reckons EA's March and June quarters could be a way out going as far as to say it could "save them". It's tough at the top.

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