EA Play boss to join Zynga - Report

11-year veteran Jeff Karp leaving high-level casual game post to work for FarmVille creator, says source.

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Electronic Arts has had a tough time retaining high-level employees lately. In the past few months alone, chief operating officer John Schappert, several high-level EA Sports staffers, and Play4Free general manager Ben Cousins all parted ways with the company. Now, it appears another high-ranking staffer is leaving the Battlefield, Sims, and Mass Effect publisher.

The Zynga family appears to be adding another EA executive.

According to a Develop report, which cites an unnamed US source, EA's executive vice president of the Play label, Jeff Karp, is leaving the company to join FarmVille creator Zynga. The source, who reportedly "engages with EA at senior levels," claims Karp will "imminently" join the San Francisco-based casual game maker.

Develop's source claims Karp's departure from EA is part of the company's senior management shake-up, which saw Frank Gibeau get promoted to president of EA Labels, Peter Moore rise to the chief operating officer position, and Barry Cottle assume the responsibility of heading up EA Interactive.

Karp had been with EA for 11 years and his role as EVP of the Play label had him overseeing the family-friendly business unit that includes The Sims Studio, MySims, EA's Hasbro titles, Maxis, and others. As of press time, EA had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Discussion

8 comments
Ronnie_Rim
Ronnie_Rim

We know EA sucks in its own right, but Zynga is even worse. Well, if either one dies I'd be happy.

MrGoldfish1
MrGoldfish1

The only reason he would leave is that he is surrounded by a bunch of corporate ********.

shadowysea07
shadowysea07

well he's moving on to much much greener pastures as least. zynga is pretty loaded these days

91210user
91210user

Money, lots and lots of money!

smellyfeet
smellyfeet

LOL so when's the Farmville movie coming out?

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Zynga the scourge of casual gaming. It will slowly destroy us all with their microtransaction and spaming.

Holoogamooga_
Holoogamooga_

It's kind of sad how so many high-level employees from Capcom and now EA are leaving for smaller, casual gaming companies or independent endeavors. Now, if they make awesome indie games, that'd be great.