Huge Loss for Zynga as Founder Steps Down

Mark Pincus to take a back seat in the face of mounting losses

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Everybody's least favourite Facebook time-sink and friend annoyance maker Zynga has declared a first-quarter loss of $61m (£36m), compared to a $25m loss just a quarter earlier and a profit of $4m during the same period last year... and founder Mark Pincus has stepped down from all operational duties.

Pincus wrote that, "Iím writing today to share that I have decided to change my role to non-executive Chairman. This means that, while Iíll still keep an office at Zynga, and be active in supporting the company, I will not have an operating role. Most importantly, I remain Zyngaís largest shareholder and biggest believer."

He also writes about Don Mattrick, the ex-Microsoft man who is now in charge at Zynga:

"Iím confident that Don, along with our amazing creative and technical product leaders will continue to focus on innovating in social gaming, driving mobile growth and building out our strong franchises Ė FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker, as well as inventing new brands that will delight and connect more players. Their leadership skills combined with your passion and inspired work will take Zynga to our next chapter of growth, as we pursue our mission of connecting the world through games."

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