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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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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.