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Zynga Creative Chief Starts New Gaming Company Backed By Zynga

Written By: PokerNet.com | August 29, 2012 | Posted In Poker News

Zynga Chief Creative Officer may be quitting the company, but he is moving forward with his new online gaming venture. Mike Verdu will be creating his new online gaming company backed by Zynga itself. The name of his new ventures not been released as of press time, but Verdu has disclosed that Zynga will be its primary investor.

Verdu released a statement saying he is very proud of taking part in making Zynga a remarkable company, especially now that it has grown and become a huge part of the community of game designers, producers and creative leaders. He has been with the company since its early days and now, he said, that it was time for him to try something new, but at the same time it would help if he went back to his roots and start a company of his own.

In a statement from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, Verdu’s work during his time at the company was praised. He was quoted to say, “Zynga will be on the ground floor of Verdu’s next venture as an investor in the company.”

“Mike has been a good friend to me personally as well as professionally and has been an influential creative leader to us all,” Pincus was quoted saying. He added that the legacy that Mike helped build for Zynga made him very proud and that Verdu’s position will be the “deep bench of creative talent and leaders who will carry the torch and shape the next wave of creativity at Zynga.”

Verdu and many other executives have left the struggling gaming company.

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