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Zynga Lead Game Designer Departs for Idle Games

Michael McCormick, a 20-year game industry veteran and Zynga’s lead game designer on CityVille, is leaving the company to become director of game design at San Francisco-based start-up Idle Games, creators of upcoming Facebook game Idle Worship. The move comes on the heels of the departure of Zynga ad exec Manny Anekal to join Kiip, a mobile games rewards company, as chief operating officer.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work