Zynga co-founder Mark Pincus has stepped down from his role as Chief Product Officer, less than a year after he gave his position as CEO to former Xbox chief Don Mattrick. Although Pincus will remain at Zynga as Chairman of the Board of Directors, he will no longer serve int he company's day-to-day operations.
"I would like to thank Mark for his dedicated service to Zynga players, employees and shareholders since the Company's founding in 2007," Mattrick said in a note to investors. "Since that time, Mark has built Zynga into an entertainment leader, turning brands like FarmVille, Words With Friends and Zynga Poker into household names and daily habits for hundreds of millions of consumers."
With Pincus no longer serving as CPO, both Zynga co-founders are no longer running the social gaming giant. Under Mattrick's leadership, the company is now pivoting to focus more on mobile and midcore games.
Given that Pincus said that he found all games boring last year, his decision to step away from Zynga isn't entirely surprising. He plans on moving onto focusing on incubating startups.