A Year After OMGPOP Sale, Zynga Exec Dan Porter Leaves
Now he’s out.
Porter’s departure isn’t a huge surprise, given both his timing (presumably long enough to hit certain employment and/or earn-out goals) and the fact that Zynga ended up writing off at least half of its OMGPOP deal a few months after it closed.
That said, it would have been nice if Zynga had been straightforward about Porter’s status when I asked them about it 15 days ago. Oh, well!*
Here are some words about Porter’s departure, and his replacement, that Zynga is attributing to COO David Ko:
“Developing and launching games is a team effort, and we’re proud of the great work the Zynga New York team has done with Draw Something 2. Our follow up to the original hit is even more social and engaging, and we’re excited to get it into the hands of our players globally. We thank Dan Porter for his efforts in making the Draw Something franchise a success and wish him well in his future endeavors. We’re proud to see talent like Sean Kelly take a bigger leadership role as the Head of our New York studio and lead the team to the global launch of Draw Something 2.”
*To be fair, Porter could have done the same when I asked him.