Zynga has been a social gaming powerhouse since launching their first title over six years ago, with massive hits such as FarmVille and Words With Friends, and this year has brought multiple changes from within the company. In July, Don Mattrick, known for his work at both EA and Microsoft, took over as Zynga’s new CEO. It looks like there are some more internal changes happening today as co-founder Justin Waldron has announced that he is leaving the company. Waldron made his announcement yesterday in a Facebook post, thanking his team and the fans.
“It’s incredibly humbling to have worked with such a talented team. I am grateful to have had the chance to help build a company that touched so many people. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it- both in the trenches and for playing the games.”
He makes no mention of what his next venture may be, but considering Zynga’s success, his options are sure to be wide open. I’m interested to see if these internal changes will bring any noticeable difference to the company and the games they release. I think it’s great that there are companies making games that anyone can get into, but I’d also like to see them use their resources to make, you know…a real game.
I don’t really play any of these social games anymore but there was a point in time where landing that triple word tile just right was a small portion of my day. If Zynga would try something more along the lines of Hero Academy or Outwitters, I’d be very interested to check it out. Just make sure not to make it an exact clone.