Dan Porter, the founder of OMGPOP!, has stepped down from Zynga. OMGPOP! is best known for developing the popular mobile game Draw Something and Zynga acquired the company for $180 million. OMGPOP! was Zynga’s largest acquisition so far, but the number of users since then have dropped significantly.
“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,” said Zynga COO David Ko in a statement. “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.”
While Porter was working at Zynga, he made some comments that the company copied games during a speaking event. He ended up issuing a public apology and said that his comments were misrepresented. Porter was the VP and general manager of Zynga’s New York operations. He will be replaced by Sean Kelly, VP of Mobile Games at Zynga.
Other high-profile executives that recently left Zynga include former CIO Debra Chrapaty and former chief game designer Brian Reynolds. Last year the company lost OMGPOP! chief revenue officer Wilson Kriegel, former Mike Gupta, former CFO Dave Wehner, former COO John Schappert, chief creative officer Mike Verdu, chief security officer Nils Puhlmann, chief technical officer of infrastructure Allan Leinwand, Words With Friends co-creators David and Paul Bettner, and Zynga Poker general manager Lo Toney.