Patrick Bach steps up to lead DICE

Patrick Bach, executive producer of Battlefield 3, will serve as CEO of developer DICE for around four months while Karl-Magnus Troedsson is on paternity leave.

While EU regulations only guarantee two weeks of paid leave for new fathers, the Swedish studio encourages its staff to spend longer at home with newborn children, MCV Nordic reports. Bach believes more videogame companies should follow DICE's lead.

Bach said: "I think it is a bit unique at a big company, and certainly in the gaming industry, but we want the people working at DICE to see their job as a long time investment."

Despite the change, Bach says it will be pretty much business as usual at DICE, with Troedsson's responsibilities to be split among several senior staff – though he will ultimately be held accountable for results.