The list continues to grow -- another Zynga executive announced today that he is joining the group of those who recently jumped ship.
According to VentureBeat, Wilson Kriegel, who worked in business development, marketing, and advertising for the game maker, is leaving the company. Kriegel was fairly new to Zynga, having only started there when it acquired Omgpop in March for around $180 million.
At Omgpop, Kriegel was the chief revenue officer. On his LinkedIn profile he says was in charge of making the uber-popular game Draw Something into a "more fun, social and a global juggernaut."
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A Bit Lucky's 20-plus employees in San Mateo, California, will become part of Zynga's office in San Francisco, where they will continue working on Solstice Arena, Zynga said.
The acquisition, whose terms were not disclosed, follows on the heels of Zynga's hiring of John Tobias, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, as creative director.
Zynga is countering Electronic Arts' allegations of infringement with a compliant over what the social-gaming company characterizes as "anticompetitive and unlawful business practices," Zynga said in a statement today.
The company filed a three-part response today to EA's lawsuit, which accused Zynga of ripping off EA's Sims Social game.
"Today we responded to EA's claims which we believe have no merit," Zynga General Counsel Reggie Davis said in a statement today. "We also filed a counterclaim which addresses actions by EA we believe to be anticompetitive and unlawful business practices, including legal … Read more
Zynga's chief marketing executive and CTO of infrastructure resigned today, joining a parade of executives fleeing the troubled game maker.
The resignation of CMO Jeff Karp was announced today in a regulatory filing (PDF) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. CTO of Infrastructure Allan Leinwand revealed on his LinkedIn page that he had assumed the position of CTO for platform development at cloud services company ServiceNow
Karp's resignation comes a month after the departure of Chief Operating Officer John Schappert, who resigned in early August after being replaced as head of the games division in a … Read more
Zynga unveiled four new games at a press event tonight designed to show developers why they should be turning to its newly launched gaming platform.
While Zynga has been hammered by its poor earnings, slumping stock prices, reported player burnout, and executives jumping ship, the company has been focusing all its attention on its new developer partners.
The developers weren't shy about their gratitude at the press event.
Matthew Cullen, president of RocketPlay -- the company that designed Sports Casino, a social sports-betting game that is based on real-time sports events -- said the company would have had to … Read more
If you're one of the tens of millions of former FarmVille players who gave up the old homestead, Zynga hopes it has a way to coax you back.
The game maker unveiled FarmVille 2 today, with the aim of bringing back former addicts as well as attracting new players.
The game was designed to more completely emulate farming with a stronger storyline and a virtual ecosystem. This means that when you grow crops, they're harvested to be used in a kitchen to make baked goods or sold on the roadside for coins. The coins can then be used … Read more
You don't have to be an advanced player to enjoy playing Zynga Poker, the free iOS version of the popular online Flash game. We found that it only takes a few games to get addicted to this iPhone app.
Zynga Poker gets off to a good start with a nicely designed user interface. It's intuitive enough that even novice users can start playing right away. Zynga Poker has several customizable options, allowing you to choose the stakes of the game, the minimum or maximum buy-in, and even the table size. To give you the real feel of a … Read more
Zynga Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu announced his departure today. After three years at the game maker, he plans to lead his own game startup, in which Zynga will be an investor.
Verdu said in a company blog post that being at Zynga during its early days reminded him how much he loved being an entrepreneur.
"I'm very proud of my part in building this remarkable company, especially in growing and nurturing what has become a vibrant community of game designers, producers, and creative leaders," he wrote. "Now, however, it's time for me to try … Read more
At least four Zynga executives have resigned this month, including a vice president of mobile, Bloomberg reported today.
That's more bad news for the company as it continues to struggle with making money on the quickly growing mobile platform.
Ya-Bing Chu, a vice president in the company's mobile division, and Jeremy Strauser, a general manager, resigned this month, unnamed sources told Bloomberg.
Their departures follow that of Erik Bethke, a general manager of Mafia Wars 2, and Alan Patmore, a general manager for CityVille -- both publicly revealed their departure from the company earlier this week.
After a … Read more