Zynga founder Mark Pincus bowed to investor pressure Monday and relinquished his CEO role, bringing in Microsoft’s Don Mattrick to replace him. For the move to work, Pincus has to also give up management control, something he has had trouble doing in the past.
Prior to its IPO, Zynga raided the executive ranks of its top competition, particularly Electronic Arts. Two years later, many of those top hires are already gone.
You know it’s only a matter of time.
We went to a NYC My Little Pony meetup and asked some die-hard fans of the show to rate the new game on a scale of 1-4 hooves. But for some, four hooves were not enough.
Earlier today we learned that SGN, a mobile gaming company that focuses on the iPhone/iPad and will soon be expanding to Android, had raised $2 million from Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s Tomorrow Ventures and Xing founder Lars Hinrichs. Today SGN is also making its 3D shooter EXO-Planet Elite available for the iPhone and iPod Touch in the hopes of recreating the success of its hit Skies of Glory. The game runs $4.99, and you can buy it on the App Store.
The age-old battle between Microsoft and Apple is about to begin anew in the palm of your hand. Both companies are launching new gaming platforms — the awkwardly named Windows Phone 7 and Apple iOS 4 with Game Center – for their mobile devices.