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RockYou loses Knight to Zynga

SVP of games leaves after only eleven months

RockYou's senior vice president of games Jonathan Knight has left the company to join social rival Zynga.

Knight had been charged with rebuilding RockYou as a social games company, acquiring 3D engine maker TirNua, 3 Blokes and the UK's Playdemic in his eleven months with the firm.

"We hired [Knight] to help us build out a portfolio of great products and he's done the job," CEO Lisa Marino told Inside Social Games.

"We have built a strong team of talent through a careful hiring process, our Studio Partners program, and acquisitions over the past year. The departure of Jonathan will not impact our game development pipeline or our plans to continue to launch quality titles."

As well as acquisitions, Knight also helped launch the Studio Partners third-party publishing arm and signed two deals with John Romero's Loot Drop studio.

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Matt Martin joined GamesIndustry in 2006 and was made editor of the site in 2008. With over ten years experience in journalism, he has written for multiple trade, consumer, contract and business-to-business publications in the games, retail and technology sectors.