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Schappert quits EA for Zynga

By Matt Martin

Tue 26 Apr 2011 1:35pm GMT / 9:35am EDT / 6:35am PDT

Exec who once had EA "in my blood" leaves for social games company

Electronic Arts' chief operating officer John Schappert quit the company yesterday, a filing at the Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed.

And according to sources close to Reuters, the games exec is to take a post at social games firm Zynga.

Schappert returned to Electronic Arts in 2009 after some years at Microsoft, filling the COO role left by the departure of John Pleasants - who left the company to take a role at another social firm, Playdom.

At the time he said he had EA "in my blood" having originally worked at Electronic Arts as a software engineer in 1991, and on multiple EA Sports titles.

His new role at Zynga has not yet been confirmed. has requested comment.

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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart

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One can only imagine the options package they waved under his nose.

Posted:5 years ago

I doubt he left due to creative opportunities at Zynga. Perhaps more of show me the money. lotsa money :)

Posted:5 years ago


Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game

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You don't think it was the excitement of working on innovative future projects like Allotmentville, Bus stationville, and Plumber wars then, Chee?

Posted:5 years ago


Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC

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This event is all the more interesting after John Riccitiello publicly announced EA's goal to unseat Zynga from the social games pedestal a few weeks ago.

Posted:5 years ago


Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart

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And therein lies your conflict of interest. The announcement via SEC filing is rather, shall we say... cold and efficient. Was he pushed or did he jump.....

Posted:5 years ago


Diarmuid Murphy Developer Marketing, Microsoft

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Looks like Zynga are putting all that venture capital money to use buying startups and hiring experienced execs.

Posted:5 years ago


Michael Lewis Product Manager, Electronic Arts

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That's really a shame, he was a great guy to work for. No BS, hard worker, engineering minded.

Posted:5 years ago


Feargus Carroll Producer

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Does he get to keep the bullhorn?

Posted:5 years ago


Private Industry

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Always wonder why people go to Zynga.

They could offer me double my salary and I still wouldn`t work for them :D

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Private on 26th April 2011 7:17pm

Posted:5 years ago

With all that high level staff I am kind of waiting for an EA-like Zynga presentation of allotmentville, bus stationville etc. at E3 2012. ;) The stage show must be awesome.

Anyway, best of luck to him.

Posted:5 years ago

because - its like a get rich quick matter how challenging it may be, at least a commensurate pay packet of even 6 months must be worth it

Posted:5 years ago


David Bachowski VP Business Development, Babaroga

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pretty sure if you work for zynga you get paid after the first minute, then after 5 minutes, then an hour, then a day...

Posted:5 years ago

@ David - thats a pretty memorable quote.

Posted:5 years ago


David Bachowski VP Business Development, Babaroga

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@ Dr. Chee - thanks :)

Posted:5 years ago


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