More Playfish founders leave

Ben Parfitt
More Playfish founders leave

Only one co-founder of the original four who pioneered casual games giant Playfish remains at the firm after two more departures were confirmed overnight.

Inside Social Games reports that former COO and current EA Interactive vice president Sebastien de Halleux and development and technology boss Sami Lababidi will both leave the firm in March. Both will remain as consultants.

In March of last year fellow co-founder and Playfish CFO Shukri Shammas left the company. These new departures leave just one co-founder still at the firm – general manager Kristian Segerstale.

Playfish, of course, was acquired by EA in 2009. Since then the company has enjoyed some success taking core IP such as FIFA and Madden to Facebook (with monthly users of 3.3m and 2.2m respectively) casual stalwarts such as Pet Society and Restaurant City remain EA's biggest successes on the platform.

EA CEO John Riccitiello said yesterday that "EA digital is the fastest growing part of our business".

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Tags: casualgaming , playfish , leave , departure , lababidi , shammas

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