Mark Skaggs Resigns as Senior Vice President of Games at Zynga

Mark Skaggs, Senior Vice President of Games at Zynga, has departed after spending more than seven years at the popular gaming company.

Information for his resignation came from a company email sent by Zynga Chief Executive Officer Mark Pincus. Mr. Pincus did not provide any information on why his colleague had decided on this move. Yet, he thanked Mr. Skaggs for his leadership and numerous contributions to the establishment of the company as one of the leading providers of online social and casino games.

During the seven years spent at Zynga, Mr. Skaggs has taken a number of positions. For instance, he was Creative Director of the team that was responsible for the creation of FarmVille, the Facebook game that turned into some sort of a sensation a few years ago. Mr. Skaggs’ team also created other popular titles such as CityVille, Empires & Allies, and Treasure Island.

Following his departure, Joe Kaminkow, former CEO of Spooky Cool Labs, and Lincoln Brown, member of Zynga’s board, were appointed as Senior Vice Presidents at the gaming company. Zynga purchased gaming studio Spooky Cool Labs back in 2013 as part of its strategy to expand its presence on the online casino market. Since then, the two gaming companies have worked on popular titles such as The Wizard of Slots. That particular game was instrumental for Zynga’s success as a developer of social casino product offering.

Analysts commented on Mr. Skaggs’ departure as a signal that more changes are to take place for the gaming company in the mobile gaming market, which has recently been valued at $30 billion. Zynga has repeatedly pointed out in recent years that it would do its best to further expand its presence on this particular market, which is expected to grow even more in future.

Two weeks ago, the gaming company announced that it would purchase Rising Tide Games, a startup gaming studio, in order to further its commitment on the social casino games market. Prior to its latest acquisition, Zynga reported the impressive 274% increase in its slots franchise bookings for the second quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period a year ago.

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