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'City Ville' general manager Alan Patmore moves to Kixeye

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"City Ville" general manager Alan Patmore moves to Kixeye.

Alan Patmore, former general manager of City Ville at Zynga, will join flash game developer Kixeye as the company's vice president of product, Kixeye announced today.

Patmore will oversee product strategy and development at the browser-based development company. His development pedigree includes Mafia Wars with Zynga and working on the teams responsible for Stacking, Iron Brigade, and Costume Quest with Double Fine Productions. In 1995 Patmore co-founded and served as CEO for Surreal Productions, then sold the development company to publisher Midway Games in 1994.

"I'm a big fan of Kixeye and what they've been able to accomplish over the last couple of years," Patmore said in a press release. "I believe that there's a massive opportunity to bring AAA production value to core, free-to-play games and KIXEYE is perfectly positioned to lead that charge.

"I couldn't be more excited about the team, strategy and product roadmap. There are some launches coming later this year that are going to set the industry on fire," he said.

Kixeye develops competitive browser-based online games, with previous titles including monster-themed city builder Backyard Monsters, futuristic battler Battle Pirates, and strategy title War Commander.