Having only joined the firm in April, Google’s games boss Mark DeLoura has left the company.
“It was not the perfect fit for me,” DeLoura said on his blog, on which he gives no reason for his departure. “I’m looking forward to my next adventure.
“The web feels like it is blossoming open with this next wave of technologies, moving past its history as a markup language wrapped around text and toward a fully interactive platform for applications.
“For game developers, I’m looking forward to the day where we see more games running in the cloud, like Farmville and World of Warcraft do now, and it is easy for developers to create clients on multiple platforms so I can bring my game with me no matter where I am. As game developers we’ve talked about the idea of making multiple-platform game access simpler for a long time it should be easier for developers to create clients for web, mobile and desktop without needing to write them in completely different languages or using vastly different SDKs.
“I want to apologise to those of you I haven’t kept in good touch with these past few months. A lot of people reached out to me during my time at Google, and I’ve been pretty lousy at replying back or staying in touch due to how busy I was. Sorry about that!
“I’ve found that increasingly my inbox overwhelms my ability to get work done, so I hope to do more tweeting and blogging in the future to help with that, a lesson I’ve learned from the very wise and public Robert Scoble. I’m looking forward to sharing with you what I’m up to next!”
Whether the move will prove a significant blow to Google’s rumoured gaming aspirations remains to be seen.