A year after he left Facebook, Andreessen Horowitz chief executive Brendan Eich said he can’t think of anyone who is better suited to oversee the company’s development and deployment of game engines.
Eich’s comments on Wednesday come as Facebook’s revenue plunged and the company grapples with the fallout of its disastrous IPO, which saw its stock plummet almost 80 per cent on the New York Stock Exchange.
The company has yet to release an earnings report for the first quarter, and its stock is now trading at a discount to its record-high price in 2016.
Euch is a longtime investor in game development and has also long been critical of Facebook’s handling of its massive data breach.
“The biggest thing we have to learn is, what do you do when you don’t have any data?” he said.
“It’s a lot like a car with a battery that has been dead for six months.”
In his interview with The Globe and Mail, Eich also said he thinks it’s likely that the company will not be able to get to the next level of game development before 2020.
“If you’re a game company, you need to be able in the next five years to make games,” he said in the interview.
“We’re a year away from that now.”
The former Facebook executive said he believes Facebook will be able “get the game development thing moving” before 2020, but said it will take time.
“I think that’s a really good time to be a game developer,” he told the newspaper.
“You have a lot of people out there that are doing great work and people that are working on great games.”
Eich is no stranger to criticism of the social media company.
He left Facebook in 2014 after just three months on the job and was quickly criticized for a lack of leadership.
His departure followed a series of high-profile departures, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who resigned from the company in March 2018 after just two months on staff.
Facebook was also forced to disclose that more than half of its workforce had experienced harassment or abuse at the hands of employees, with an additional 30 per cent having been sexually harassed or assaulted.