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October 6, 2012

Paul and David Bettner leave Zynga

Ex Ensembler’s Paul and David Bettner who set about forming the hugely successful mobile studio NewToy have confirmed that they have now left the mobile gaming giant, Zynga. Paul and David Bettner joined Zynga after NewToy was acquired in December 2010. Back then the brothers commented that joining Zynga made perfect sense as both parties “share the same dream of building a social treasure”. Since the acquisition the NewToy studio which was re-named “Zynga With Friends” have greatly expanded the “With Friends” series of games from the massively successful Words with Friends to including Hanging, Matching, and Gems with Friends.

There isnt much information on why the brothers decided to leave Zynga. It has been speculated that the brothers may have owned about 2.2% of Zynga a whole. Perhaps the troubling stock issues Zynga has been facing lately has had an impact on their decision to leave. Speaking to Venturebeat they only made note that they are excited about the future. Methinks we’ll be seeing another game from these great minds again in due course.

Check out the full article over at VentureBeat. Its going to be interesting to see whats next for the Bettners. Stay tuned!


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