Zynga continues playing musical chairs with CEOs, picks up ex-EA executive

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It’s no surprise Zynga is in a tough position as a company, especially considering they’re trying to offload their HQ after cutting staff multiple times over the past few years. And yes, that staff includes the CEO.

After Zynga peaked from its Facebook partnership, it brought on Don Mattrick to get the ship sailing in the right direction again. Mattrick had recently departed from Microsoft after the shaky Xbox One launch, which probably should’ve raised some flags. Either way, Zynga wasn’t happy with their performance under Mattrick, and the two parted ways. He was replaced by Mark Pincus, who was one of the original founders of Zynga. Read more

Interested in buying Zynga’s HQ? Prepare to spend big

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Social and mobile gaming have long been synonymous with Zynga, but the company has been quietly going about its business for the last few years. Its growth was largely due to a partnership with Facebook that came to a close back in 2013. Around the time of the partnership’s end, Zynga hired Microsoft’s Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business, to lead the company into a successful future with continued growth. Mattrick’s tenure didn’t last very long as the two parties split in April 2015. So Zynga was left putting one of its co-founders, Mark Pincus, back at the helm.

A turnaround hasn’t happened quick enough because Zynga’s headquarters at 650 Townsend Street in San Francisco is up for sale.

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Gamer ID tags coming soon to Google Play Games

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Back in 2014 Google introduced Google Play Games and it quickly became the fastest growing mobile gaming network of all time. Google was looking to blend many of the great features you get with a traditional gaming setup- leaderboards, achievements, sociability, etc.. -with the convenience and portability of mobile gaming. Since the release they have continued to make Play Games into a robust gaming network, and today it looks like it will be getting even better with the addition of Gamer IDs!

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Blizzard Entertainment targeting mobile platforms, but not VR

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Recently, VentureBeat conducted an in-depth interview with a trio of Blizzard Entertainment executives to get a feel for where the gaming giant may be heading in the near future. Handling the questions were president and co-founder Michael Morhaime, senior vice-president and co-founder Frank Pearce, and senior vice-president Chris Metzen. The interviews were triggered by Blizzard’s celebration this week of the 25th anniversary of their founding. Read more

‘Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories’ makes its way to Android

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Rockstar has added another Grand Theft Auto entry to their mobile portfolio, this time adding Liberty City Stories to the Play Store. This is a port of the original PSP game, which was designed with a mobile-first mentality before smartphone gaming exploded. The missions are focused more around being quick and accessible, as opposed to the longer, more meaty style that you’d find on the console versions of GTA. Read more