John Riccitiello, Unity Software’s CEO and chairman, is leaving the company


Unity Software Inc. said late Monday that John Riccitiello will retire as president, chief executive and chairman of the game-engine and ad-monetization company he took public at the height of the COVID pandemic.

appointed James Whitehurst as interim CEO; Roelof Botha, lead independent director of Unity’s board, has been appointed chairman. The board said it would initiate a search for a new CEO.

Recently, Unity drew fire from game developers and had to alter a fee rollout for its game engine.

Riccitiello, who will leave the company altogether, “will continue to advise Unity to ensure a smooth transition.” Unity shares declined as much as 2.5% after hours, following a 1.5% decline in the regular session to close at $29.70.

The company also reaffirmed its third-quarter outlook. Back in August, Unity forecast revenue of $540 million to $550 million, citing a flat game-ads market and a continued soft market in China.

Analysts surveyed by FactSet, at the time, had estimated revenue of $549 million, and now forecast $555 million.

Unity went public back in September 2020, opening at $75 after pricing at $52 a share.

At Monday’s close, Unity shares were up 3.9% year to date, while the S&P 500 index
is up 12.9%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite
is up 28.8%.

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