Two more games execs quit Zynga

Exodus continues as casino gaming boss also walks from troubled company

Zynga lost another three senior executives this month - two specialising in Facebook games and another responsible for casino gaming.

The company announced last week that it was dropping its US focus on real-world gambling, so the departure of Jesse Janosov, VP of casino gaming, will be of no surprise.

The bigger concern is that John Osvald and Nathan Etter, both vice presidents in the games division, walked during the same month Zynga appointed Don Mattrick to overhaul the games business.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Etter has taken a job at Disney's Interactive division. Both had joined the company in 2009 and were responsible for the growth of FarmVille.

Last week, Zynga revealed that it had three of the top ten games on Facebook, a fall of seven compared to last year.

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Latest comments (3)

Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
Its probably good timing seeing as Zynga are pulling away from Casino...
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Jim Webb Executive Editor/Community Director, E-mpire Ltd. Co.3 years ago
I'd just like to know exactly how many executives Zynga actually has left and how many they had before their downfall?
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
Yet Don Mattrick got 50million the other day, still wondering how he made his money. Then developers say they dont make money on games, they try to take a chunk a change from used games and honestly, when I see all these executives bonuses, and what they actually do for the company I cant help but to belive the big problem in the video game industry is on the business end. Zynga for a dying company sure moves alot of money. But its not for the games or the developers. these people they are letting go, probably already filled there pockets with enough money for a lifetime, yet the people who actually do the work make the games are left on the street with nothing.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Rick Lopez on 30th July 2013 7:34pm

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