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Zynga loses head of social slots

Maytal Olsha is the latest executive level departure

Zynga's head of social slots has left the company to work for an unspecified startup, one in a long line of execs to depart since the installment of Don Mattrick as CEO.

Maytal Olsha joined Zynga in August 2012, initially as COO of new markets before helping to establish its social slot machine business. Olsha confirmed to Venturebeat that she left the company a month ago, but could not provide any further details of her plans.

At one point, Zynga seemed poised to make real-money a core part of its business, but it started to back away from the idea last summer amidst concerns over its profitability.

Since Mattrick took over from Mark Pincus as CEO he has called for patience as Zynga attempts to regain stability. That transition has involved an overhaul at the executive level, including reshuffled job roles and major departures.

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Matthew Handrahan joined GamesIndustry in 2011, bringing long-form feature-writing experience to the team as well as a deep understanding of the video game development business. He previously spent more than five years at award-winning magazine gamesTM.