Zynga loses another executive

Three-year company veteran and CCO Mike Verdu leaves social gaming house; claims his departure is "not a function of anything else going on at the company."

Zynga has lost another top executive. AllThingsD reports that chief creative officer Mike Verdu has left the social gaming giant after more than three years with the firm. At Zynga, Verdu oversaw a number of the company's studios in Los Angeles, Dallas, Baltimore, New York, Boston, and San Francisco.

Zynga is now without another top executive.

Verdu told the site that his departure from Zynga is unrelated to the tough times that have befallen the company of late.

"I personally don't want to add to the noise level," Verdu said. "I think this will be a good thing for me and for Zynga. I'm concerned about how this might be viewed with what else is going on, but it's not a function of anything else going on at the company."

Verdu's exit from Zynga is effective immediately. He is helming a new mobile-oriented company, and though he did not name this outfit, he said Zynga will invest it in and will serve as publisher of its games.

Verdu published a goodbye post on Zynga's website, in which he explained that the decision to leave the company was difficult, but ultimately the right move for him. He said he has seen the company grow from a "small, scrappy start-up" to a "world-class organization."

"Being at Zynga in the early days reminded me of how much I love being an entrepreneur," he said. "After a lot of soul-searching, I have decided to go back to my roots and start a new company."

Verdu's departure follows former Zynga COO John Schappert, who left "as a friend of the company" after a little over a year on the job. Zynga is facing not only a dipping share value, but also a lawsuit from Electronic Arts, which claims The Ville is a clone of The Sims Social.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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91210user
91210user

Mortal Kombat voice: 'Finish them!'

xlord121
xlord121

Rats are always first to leave a sinking ship.

 

Until Zynga can actually make a game of their own how do they expect to make any money? Especially when they are publicly traded.

Rifqi_Hb
Rifqi_Hb

And next Zynga will lose their money

keyb0red
keyb0red

Oooh more news from "one trick horse" zynga

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

Today their defenses will crumble, Tomorrow their empire will burn; Youre next EA.........your time will come soon enough, and hell fire will rain down upon thee when it comes !!!!!!!

 

 

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

how many shoes need to drop before people get the hint?  i mean what is this a hydra-tentacle monster?

SolidTy
SolidTy

Zynga. They Went Public, stocks tumbled, execs cashing out and leaving. Just another day on Wall Street for a crap company.

javalino
javalino

Soon the Zinga Hype will end. And the idiots who bough the shares will cry! and say "why ??" "why??" . and somebody will answer "i told you so"

garysingh34
garysingh34

Zynga are crumbling. Slowley but surely.

jordangoss123
jordangoss123

lol at all the suckers who bought them shares ahahaha

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Seems every company is losing high-level employees.

Makes you wonder where they're all going....

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

He's getting out while the gettins' good! :)

decebal
decebal

Crash and burn pls. 

Gamer-Elias
Gamer-Elias

Most of zynga games look a like lately , they haven't been working on Any creative games at all , so Meh ....

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

 @keyb0red For Zynga to be a one-trick pony, it actually needs to have a trick (meaning, a game of it's own).

 

Zynga never truly developed a game, only stole.