Zynga CCO Mike Verdu quits

Second executive in two weeks leaves to start his own studio
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Zynga's chief creative officer Mike Verdue has quit the social gaming giant.

Following the loss of Alan Patmore to Kixeye, this marks the second departure of a high-level executive at the company in just two weeks.

Verdu has left to form a new mobile studio, in which Zynga will be an investor.

“I personally don’t want to add to the noise level,” Verdu told AllthingsD.

“I think this will be a good thing for me and for Zynga. I’m concerned about how this might be viewed with what else is going on, but it’s not a function of anything else going on at the company.”

Verdu joined the FarmVille developer in 2009, influncing games like Empires & Allies, FrontierVille, and Castleville.

Though he admits this isn't the best timing for Zynga, this won't be a complete loss for the company, which is investing in Verdu's venture and will publish his games on its third-party platform.

Zynga's stock has been tumbling ever since the disasterous Facebook IPO, and there are reports that company morale has sunk to an all-time low.