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Report: EA loses COO to Zynga

EA's John Schappert has tendered his resignation as COO to reportedly pursue a management position with social gaming mega-company Zynga.

According to documents filed by EA to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Schappert ended his 22-month long run with EA this Tuesday. Sources at Reuters allege Schappert made the decision to leave after the insanely popular developer of FarmVille and Mafia Wars fame offered him a lucrative and influential role within the fast growing company.

This marks the second time Schappert has departed EA. In 2007, he left his role as a manager in EA's gaming division to join Microsoft for a two-year stint, returning in 2009 as EA's second in command under John Riccitello. Prior to his exit, Schappert played a key role in expanding the company's casual and online gaming ventures.

“[Schappert is] a really good leader and he was one of the more capable guys at EA," said everyone's favourite video game analyst Michael Pachter, adding, "But in fairness, EA has a lot of capable people. So I think he's a loss for them but I don't think he's an irreplaceable loss. He's a gigantic addition for Zynga."

Zynga is pegged to bring in more than $1 billion in annual revenue this year alone. No word if Schappert will be paid in gold coins or limited edition cows.

[Source: Reuters, Mercury News]

Apr 27, 2011

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4 comments

  • ThatGuyFromTV - April 27, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    Okay, screw hating Activision. How about we all go kill Zynga? They don't even make real games, they just make crappy freemium games, half of which are FarmVille with a slightly different setting. How the hell are they buying out the head executives at one of the biggest video game corporations in the world? sounds like a good fit for Kotick, now that I think about it...
  • One-FISH- - April 27, 2011 7:06 p.m.

    22 Months? I didn't even know this guys name till this article. Tell me Bobby leaves Activision and I might care(party). Sure, mobile gaming is huge. The market for it might even be bigger. But it IS a different market all together. Let him go where he wants. There's plenty of people who still play traditional video games. Not to mention, if this market DOES explode, there might be less 12 year olds talking trash while I shoot them in Red Dead Redemption....
  • yasmarc - April 27, 2011 6:22 p.m.

    He must be REALLY good with spreadsheets and flash!
  • HeavyTank - April 27, 2011 5:15 p.m.

    Oh god...that is SO wrong.

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