In the wake of news that Zynga is expecting a quarterly loss of $90 million to $150 million, comes word of another blow to the company: The brothers behind Words with Friends have left the publisher, according to GamesBeat.
Brothers Paul and David Bettner, who created the With Friends titles, confirmed their departure to the website, saying that they are "still very excited about the future and feel like we are at the beginning."
Neither commented on what they would do next nor on their feelings about Zynga.
Yesterday, Zynga CEO and founder Mark Pincus blamed the company's poor performance on "weakness of certain games" nd an impairment charge of $85 million to $95 million related to its purchase of Draw Something developer OMGPOP.
The brothers are the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the company. Those departures include Wilson Griegel, former chief revenue officer of Draw Something developer OMGPop, Zynga's chief technical officer of infrastructure Allan Leinwand, Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu, and Zynga chief operating officer John Schappert.
Over the past two quarters, Zynga shares have dropped from about $12 to close at $2.82 today, dropping further in after-hours trading. Since July, Zynga has been hit with insider trading and copyright infringement lawsuits.
We've reached out to comment from Zynga and will update they story when they respond.
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