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Schappert quits EA for Zynga

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. GamesIndustry.biz has requested comment.

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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart5 years ago
One can only imagine the options package they waved under his nose.
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I doubt he left due to creative opportunities at Zynga. Perhaps more of show me the money. lotsa money :)
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
You don't think it was the excitement of working on innovative future projects like Allotmentville, Bus stationville, and Plumber wars then, Chee?
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Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC5 years ago
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.
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Graham Simpson Tea boy, Collins Stewart5 years ago
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.....
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Diarmuid Murphy Developer Marketing, Microsoft5 years ago
Looks like Zynga are putting all that venture capital money to use buying startups and hiring experienced execs.
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Michael Lewis Product Manager, Electronic Arts5 years ago
That's really a shame, he was a great guy to work for. No BS, hard worker, engineering minded.
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Feargus Carroll Producer 5 years ago
Does he get to keep the bullhorn?
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Private Industry 5 years ago
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

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Kristina Rothe Producer, Travian Games GmbH5 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.
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because - its like a get rich quick scheme..no matter how challenging it may be, at least a commensurate pay packet of even 6 months must be worth it
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David Bachowski VP Business Development, Babaroga5 years ago
pretty sure if you work for zynga you get paid after the first minute, then after 5 minutes, then an hour, then a day...
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@ David - thats a pretty memorable quote.
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David Bachowski VP Business Development, Babaroga5 years ago
@ Dr. Chee - thanks :)
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