Another Blow for Zynga as Chief Game Designer Leaves Company
Now, Zynga’s chief game designer Brian Reynolds is moving on. Numerous reports speculated that he was leaving, and he confirmed the reports on Twitter, saying “Yes I'm officially leaving Zynga after 3 3/4 great years. Back soon... need to think of a new Twitter handle though!” (He has now switched to “TheGameChief” from “ZyngaGameChief”.)
For his part (at least publicly), Reynolds was magnanimous in his departure, later posting this on Twitter:
Zynga President of Games Steve Chiang told Polygon, “"Brian has a long history in the game industry and has been a great partner to the creative leaders at Zynga. I want to thank him for his leadership of the Zynga Baltimore studio in the design and development of FrontierVille, which brought many innovations to social gaming. We appreciate Brian's contribution and we're proud of the deep bench of creative leaders who are leading the next wave of game innovation at Zynga. We wish Brian the best in his next chapter."
FrontierVille/Pioneer Trail screenshot
Reynolds has not announced what he’s doing next, but it’s reasonable to assume that he won’t become the chief game designer for another struggling company anytime soon.