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Mark Skaggs, one of Zynga’s earliest and most important developers and the lead on FarmVille and CityVille, is heads down on a huge, unannounced project at Zynga right now.He’ll be there for the next six to twelve months.
But where is he going after that?
We’ve heard from several sources close to Zynga and Skaggs that he is looking for his next project — both inside and outside of Zynga.
If Zynga can’t offer an interesting enough opportunity, Skaggs will be looking somewhere else.
Zynga, like any company, will do whatever it can to keep its MVP on staff.
Skaggs is one of Zynga’s most critical employees. He joined Zynga from Electronic Arts in Los Angeles, where he worked with Mike Verdu, Amer Ajami and Amir Rahimi — all of whom also went on to join Zynga.
Skaggs has been with Zynga since November 2008. He is one of the earliest employees.
Skaggs also led the team that created CityVille, currently the top game on Facebook, according to AppData.
When briefed on the news, Zynga said it would not comment on rumour or speculation.