Microsoft Entertainment head tipped to move to Zynga as possible CEO [UPDATE]

The man known as Don Mattrick has been tipped to be moving to the mobile gaming giant Zynga, switching from Entertainment Head of one company to CEO of the other. Such a move would likely have adverse effects on how Windows Phone 8 (and forward) work with games from the game maker - possibly aiming it toward a more diverse ecosystem rather than its still-limited web-browser-based setup today. Bring on the bulldogg!

UPDATE: Confirmed.

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Zynga’s OMGPOP studio shut down 14 months after acquisition

Remember Draw Something? The fun social game that had you and a friend work together to try and guess each other's drawings was an absolute huge hit, and Zynga went right ahead and just bought the game and its studio who developed it: OMGPOP. However, it doesn't seem to be working out too well for Zynga, as they seem to have shut down the recently-acquired studio and laid off its employees.

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Zynga closing 3 studios, laying off 18% of workforce

Zynga, the once thriving social gaming company, is now in a tough situation, as they have announced that they're laying off 18% of their workforce, as well as shutting down three of their studios, which include New York City, Los Angeles, and Dallas locations. The company called the decision "necessary to move forward."

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Zynga signs on to publish Game of Thrones social game

Zynga has partnered up with game developer Disruptor Beam to publish the developer's Game of Thrones Ascent social game. Zynga will be publishing the game both through Facebook and through its official website in order to market it to its user base of over 250 million people. The game is an extension of the popular Game of Thrones series on HBO, and will allow you to create a character to fight for one of the Great Houses.

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Zynga gets ready to shut down more games

Zynga is getting ready to send several more of its games to the graveyard. Joining the recently deceased CityVille 2, The Friend Game, and Party Place are Zynga's previously popular games: The Ville, Empires & Allies, Dream Zoo, and Zynga City on Tencent. Zynga's Chief Operations Officer, David Ko, stated that Zynga decided to take an axe to these "under-performing" games in an effort to lower costs.

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Zynga brings real-money gambling to the UK

Zynga has joined together with Bwin.party Digital Entertainment in order to launch its own real-money gambling apps. Zynga is keeping true to its promised made last July, when it said that it planned on launching an online gambling service this year. Right now, it's only launching the apps in the United Kingdom, however, it plans on spreading its online gaming apps to more European markets later on this year.

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OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter leaves Zynga after one year

A little past a year after Zynga acquired OMGPOP, OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter has decided to leave the company. It's believed that Porter's departure was a mutual decision between him and Zynga. He left just before the sequel of his popular social-game, Draw Something, is set to release. He will be replaced by Zynga's current General Manager, Sean Uberoi Kelly.

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Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga has announced that it will no longer be requiring people to log into their Facebook accounts when entering its site. Zynga wants to distance itself from Facebook in order to become a more independent game developer. You are now able to access your favorite games, like Farmville, Chefville, Draw Sometihng, and more via a stand-alone Zynga account.

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Ryan Seacrest leaks Draw Something 2 on Twitter

Ryan Seacrest, known as the host of American Idol and also as a radio host for New York's Z100, leaked out what appears to be a sequel to the ever popular social game, Draw Something. Seacrest wrote in a tweet, "I somehow convinced them to give me #DrawSomething2 first... this may be the best Mariah & Randy have ever looked." Alongside the tweet, he posted an image of a very well drawn picture of the American Idol judges.

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