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Zynga is boosting their staff

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Zynga, the social gaming company mostly known for their Texas Hold'em Poker on Facebook is looking to become a serious gaming studio. They have hired Mortal Kombat co-creator John Tobias. He will join their studios in San Diego as creative director. He was not the only one to come to Zynga, Electronic Arts and Midway veteran Mark Turmell has also arrived. Zynga did not stop at new personnel, but they also picked up San Mateo, California based studio A Bit Lucky. All employees from this mid-core studio will be transferred to Zynga's HQ near San Francisco.

This move shows that Zynga intends to dive into new gaming categories. The first A Bit Lucky project will be a multiplayer and multiplatform game although acquisition terms are not yet known. A Bit Lucky founders Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard stated that the have had a few offers but decided that Zynga's was the one that fit them the most stating the partnership is a “meeting of the minds”. The turning point in negotiations was a meeting between the founders of both companies, A Bit Lucky chiefs said about Mark Pincus, Zynga founder, “His passion to define a new way to play and his entrepreneurial drive are very contagious”

Besides these improvements, Zynga is having issues and the worst are of a legal nature. Electronics Arts are suing them for “unmistakable copying” of their The Sims game to create Zynga's The Ville. However Zynga responded in a countersuit stating that charges are “anticompetitive and unlawful business practices.” How this will turn out for the courts to decide, but if Zynga brings a new Mortal Kombat game I'll be more than happy to FINISH HIM!

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