Zynga cofounder leaves

After more than six years with FarmVille company, Justin Waldron leaves to "venture off on my own again."

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Zynga cofounder Justin Waldron has left the FarmVille company, he announced on Twitter and Facebook last night (via Polygon).

"I've decided it's time to leave Zynga and venture off on my own again," Waldron said on Facebook. "It's been 6 and a half years since we pushed the button to launch our first game, and each moment since has been magic."

According to his Quora page, Waldron was originally recruited by other founders Mark Pincus and Eric Schiermeyer while in college and helped launch the game that would later become Zynga Poker. Waldron later dropped out of the University of Connecticut to work full time at Zynga.

"It's incredibly humbling to have worked with such a talented team. I am grateful to have had the chance to help build a company that touched so many people," Waldron said. "Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it--both in the trenches and for playing the games."

It is not clear what Waldron plans to do next.

Discussion

27 comments
Daian
Daian

Abandon ship!

"I am grateful to have had the chance to help build a company that touched so many people"

He meant so many people's wallets.

keech
keech

Another huge rat fleeing the sinking ship, after he and all the other rats created all the holes in the first place.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Magic?  A magic show from a drunk charlatan perhaps.

McGregor
McGregor

This is what happens when you bring the 'destroyer of brands' into your company.

catsimboy
catsimboy

He's going to retire to a farm and starve to death when he can't milk the cows by clicking them.

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

In other words, there is no hope or confidence for Don Mattrick.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

lol the era of the mattrick has begun

Gegglington
Gegglington

Justin Waldron said at a gamespot interview i couldent hack it any more don mattrick is such a  nob jockey it was me or him :)

Hurvl
Hurvl

Yet another veteran who leaves a company without any plans made public. It's not like he needs to tell the world what he'll devote his not-anymore-Zynga-time on, but it still feels weird to hear another one say "I'm out of here and not going anywhere in particular".

nousername66
nousername66

Leave proud, you have given the world so many meaningless, shallow and time wasting games.

dnmt
dnmt

Off to steal other people's ideas somewhere else.

awhite33
awhite33

What did Don do this time ?

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

Anyone know of another community that isn't dead other than ign? This Place sucks

RicanV
RicanV moderator

That'll do, Don. That'll do.

Solace427
Solace427

Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip uh huh uh huh....

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

I guess the success of Farmville was more than he can handle. LOL

Zeeksie
Zeeksie

@awhite33 Don doesn't even have to do anything. His presence alone causes infants to cry in agony.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

How is GS holding up? Been on ign for a while and depending on the lame N4G.