EA Sports Tiburon Loses an Executive Producer; Joins Wave of Recent Departures

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Posted May 10th, 2011 at 11:45 am

The hits keep on coming for the EA Sports Tiburon studio. After breaking the news last month that several high ranking developers and executives were departing for the new social gaming studio being headed up by former Tiburon GM Philip Holt even more is happening behind the scenes as a long-tenured Executive Producer is leaving the company.

Multiple sources have confirmed to me that Jeremy Strauser, who started with EA Sports way back in 1995, has taken a position with Zynga – the largest social gaming company in the world. He will join former Electronic Arts COO John Schappert who was announced to be heading to the company late last month, and Steve Chiang the former co-founder of Tiburon who made the move just over a year ago.

This would appear to represent a setback to the development of EA Sports new sim NBA series. Strauser was brought on as Executive Producer on the project which is still just getting off the ground as it heads towards a fall 2012 release. He also has been overseeing NBA Jam: On Fire Edition which will be out in October. In recent years Strauser has worked as EP on Madden NFL (08,10,11), NCAA Football (08, 09, 10), and NFL Head Coach.

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  • Mike Jones

    Man this sucks….People have been complaining and heckling too much as far as Madden and EA period. Too much stress trying to deliver a good product. Only time will tell how much of an effect this will have on future EA Sports titles…

  • Mike Jones

    Man this sucks….People have been complaining and heckling too much as far as Madden and EA period. Too much stress trying to deliver a good product. Only time will tell how much of an effect this will have on future EA Sports titles…

    • Chrsn

      Dude, if they want stress trying to deliver a good product, have them do it with competitors who are trying to eat their lunches.

    • Sdot

      LMAO DID U REALLY SAY EA DOESNT DESERVE DA COMPLAINTS & ISH DEY GET FROM DEER FANBASE

      SERIOUS DA MAN CANT B

      • zzzz

        deer fanbase huh? you put a disgrace to your race

        • Anonymous

          Please don’t feed the troll.

          • zzzz

            please shut the fuck up

      • http://twitter.com/mattdabearsfan Matthew Duncan

        I truly hate you…

        • Sdot

          AWW DATZ SWEET TAH HA

    • Anonymous

      GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

    • JamesCatwell

      LMAO

    • S117

      The stress comes from year in and year out not putting out a good product. All the criticism they get each year is warranted. Maybe they should just clean house with who’s left get an entire staff that cares about what the buyers want and things can get better

    • JQ

      No sympathy. These guys want to put their hands in our pockets then they better make a damn good game. PERIOD.

  • Keith.

    Good riddance…hopefully Phil Frazier and Donnie douchebag Moore will be next.

    • MO

      Wow Keith, you sir sound like a straight up dick. Don’t be mad just because you have the most awful name ever.

  • Keith.

    Good riddance…hopefully Phil Frazier and Donnie douchebag Moore will be next.

  • Vip-Kin

    damn the new nba game already running off the rails they cant catch a break there

  • A22LE

    Looks like he put a lot into the company over 16 years. Good luck to him and hopefully this isnt the first of more bad signs for EA NBA.

  • Lonnie

    sometimes change is good..fresh blood..just saying.

  • DonRSD aka PSN DonVCorleone

    hopefully NFL 2k makes a return

  • http://www.facebook.com/Coolio83 TJ Drwiega

    I guess you can look at this from two sides, one that this will be a blow to the madden series BUT we could be seeing new blood put in charge which could bring new ideas and gameplay which we have been clamoring for years about

  • tish

    Come on, can this really be considered a loss? Most of the people over at EA are hacks. Seems like a good thing for them to me. All these guys are going to do social gaming because they aren’t talented enough to make real games as evidenced by every single EA game that has come out since about 2006.

    • Keith.

      Amen to this.

      After 16 years with the company, Jeremy Strauser’s contributions to Madden have been what exactly? Certainly nothing I’d take any pride in, if I were him.

  • yabadabadooo

    lol why even bother making a sim basketball THEY WILL NEVER MAKE A BETTER BASKETBALL GAME THEN 2K. I BET MY LEFT NUT ON THAT. NEVER EVER EVER EVER. considering that i could only imagine what a nfl 2k 12 would be like.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      A lot of people said that when PES and NHL 2K were on top and look what happened as FIFA and EA NHL came from behind and supplanted them. Things tend to be cyclical and those on top can get complacent.

      • yabadabadooo

        Ok pasta ima tell you why Ea cant make sim games. None of their games are sim football,soccer,nhl whatever sports game u can find. And the reason they arent sim is because every game they make they use pre-determined outcomes. Im a core gamer and can notice these type of things which the casual player cant. In madden have you ever noticed if you drop an open interception they will reward you with a fumble or some kind of turnover later that you have no control over. most people dont notice these type of things. And fifa even more so,after someone scores a goal they give the othe person a chance to score rite after. ea is far from simulation

      • Koachvonner

        Pasta, NBA 2k11 is pretty damn good. I mean, they have so many animations is ridiculous. I never played the oh so popular NFL 2k. So I can’t comment on how good it was or is (people still play it I see), but I can only imagine if 2K made a football game. If it is like their Basketball game then EA better look out.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      A lot of people said that when PES and NHL 2K were on top and look what happened as FIFA and EA NHL came from behind and supplanted them. Things tend to be cyclical and those on top can get complacent.

  • Danny

    He worked on Madden 09, 10, and 11? Glad he’s gone now.

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  • http://twitter.com/GunsNRoses300 fsda

    they just need to close the company down

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