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Justin Waldron leaves Zynga

Justin Waldron, the co-founder of Zynga, is to step down from the company after a six-and-a-half years at the social gaming services provider.

Waldron first joined Zynga after he was approached by fellow co-founders Eric Schiermeyer and Mark Pincus to create a poker game with social elements.

Despite confirming his departure, he did not specify why he is leaving the company or what his next move would be.

“I’ve decided it’s time to leave Zynga and venture off on my own again,” Waldron said on his Facebook page. “It’s been six-and-a-half years since we pushed the button to launch our first game, and each moment since has been magic.

“It’s incredibly humbling to have worked with such a talented team. I am grateful to have had the chance to help build a company that touched so many people.”

Meanwhile social networking platform Tango has announced former Zynga executive Todd Arnold will lead its gaming division.

During his four years at Zynga, Arnold helped launched the “Ville” business, which included titles such as the popular FarmVille game.

“I love making games, but what excited me most about joining Tango’s team was the opportunity to introduce brand new audiences to games through a social mobile platform – the same way we saw first-time players discover games on web-based social networks, like Facebook, a few years ago,” Arnold said.

Arnold’s appointment is part of an ongoing growth strategy Tango has implemented to expand its gaming division.

This includes launching 16 games with 12 partners and surpassing 150 million registered users.

Eric Setton, chief technology offer and co-founder at Tango, added: “Tango’s games division is growing exponentially, but we recognise that its ongoing success depends heavily on the support we provide our developer network.

“Todd Arnold has a decorated history of establishing chart-topping and award-winning games, making him just the talent Tango needs to help game developers find success on our platform.”