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Zynga founder Mark Pincus quits CEO role again


By John Glenday, Reporter

March 2, 2016 | 2 min read

Zynga founder Mark Pincus has quit his role as chief executive of the social gaming firm less than a year after returning to the post after it was announced that Frank Gibeau, formerly of Electronic Arts, will fill his shoes.

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Zynga reappointed Pincus to the position of CEO last year following the failure of former Microsoft employee Don Mattrick to replicate the success of Faceboook hit Farmville in the mobile sphere, leading to fears that the company was a one hit wonder.

Since then Zynga has made a number of acquisitions of mobile developers but still failed to gain any traction and is now said to be considering sale of its mammoth $228n San Francisco HQ.

Pincus said: “I recruited Frank seven months ago to become an active board member to advise and coach our teams. Frank has mentored product teams, led roadmap meetings, and delivered inspiring talks to our game making and PM communities. Frank has also been a big supporter of our move to smaller, more nimble teams."

Pincus will remain active with the firm, assuming the role of executive chairman of the board, as the firm gears up to release 10 new games this year; including Dawn of Titans and CSR Racing 2, which it hopes will stem a slow bleed of players, down one per cent last year.


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