John Schappert out at Zynga

Social gaming developer confirms ex-EA COO has left "as a friend of the company" after a little over a year on the job.

Zynga's explosive growth has given way to explosive change, as the company's year of upheaval continues with confirmation today that COO John Schappert has left the company.

Schappert walked from the dog.

In a statement, Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus portrayed the parting as amicable, saying, "We can confirm that John Schappert has left Zynga and its Board of Directors effective immediately. John has made significant contributions to the games industry throughout his career and we appreciate all that he has done for Zynga. John leaves as a friend of the company and we wish him all the best."

One of the founders of Madden NFL developer Tiburon Entertainment, Schappert left his post as Electronic Arts COO to join Zynga in April of 2011. In between stretches of employment at EA, he had a stint at Microsoft, heading up its Xbox Live business from 2007 to 2009.

The last year for Zynga has been nothing if not eventful. After establishing itself as a force in the Facebook-based social game market with titles like FarmVille and CityVille, Zynga went public in December, acquired Draw Something developer OMGPOP for a reported $180 million, and saw its stock rise to nearly $16 before dropping to its current price below $3.

On top of that, EA last week announced a lawsuit against Zynga, alleging that its social game The Ville infringes on EA's The Sims Social copyright. Schappert was mentioned numerous times in the suit as one of a number of EA employees who had inside knowledge of Sims Social and had since gone on to work at Zynga.

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blackothh
blackothh

whoever owned OMGPOP walks away $180 Million happier

 

I think going public is a silly idea, i find it funny when i see people go public only to find out that what to do isnt actually worth anything. Not trying do defend Zynga, after i played a few of their games when facebook games started, i decided the games were too shallow to bother putting money into or even playing again.

 

saltbalsak
saltbalsak

"Effective Immediately" = "Unceremoniously Canned"

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Things are really looking downhill for Zynga. Quick to rise and quick to fall.

Axe_Armor
Axe_Armor

Zynga must have finally rotted his soul to nothing.

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Now if only the whole company would go under. Then, and only then, is when I will be truly satisfied.

OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

this, coming from the same company that said handheld were dead and moble gaming is where its at

SolidTy
SolidTy

He left Xbox Live to join Zynga...he done guufed.

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I wonder if this lawsuit has anything to do with it.

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

 @SolidTy 

Schappert was among those privy to forewarning of the drop in stock value and who managed to offload before it's value plummeted, making himself a little less than $4 million for the year he was with Zynga - I'm sure he won't consider it a complete wash. :|

SolidTy
SolidTy

 @s_h_a_d_o I should have expected as much from a guy trained by Microsoft and EA, lol.