EA's third major exit as Chillingo founders depart

Mobile firm bosses reportedly leave after 8 years

UK-based Chillingo founders Chris Byatte and Joe Wee have left Electronic Arts, it has emerged.

Chris Byatte (left) and Joe Wee

The departure marks the third major management exit reported within a single week, following news that PopCap chief executive Dave Roberts has resigned and confirmation that Criterion founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have left the studio after their contracts expired.

Byatte and Wee set-up mobile publisher Chillingo in 2005, launching the hugely successful Angry Birds and Cut The Rope games.

EA acquired the company in 2010 for $20m, and both Byatte and Wee continued to lead the division for EA as director and general manager.

Byatte and Wee also led the 100% Indie initiative, which was setup last year as part of a collaboration with Samsung.