The Words with Friends Co-Creators Leave Zynga

-Eric Lee Lewis

Well, Zynga is looking at a $150 Million dollar loss this quarter. Not only are they losing money, they are losing staffers. Today it was announced that David and Paul Bettner (creators of Words with Friends) have left Zynga. Though they made a statement of, “[We are] still very excited about the future and feel like we are at the beginning.”

Even though the brother left Zynga, the company posted this:

“Paul and David Bettner helped Zynga create an amazing social game brand,” according to the emailed statement. “Along with so many others at Zynga, they helped develop it into one of the world’s most beloved online pastimes. We are proud of the Zynga teams that scaled the ‘With Friends’ brand to become the mainstream, must-play mobile games they are today. In less than two years, Zynga has grown the Words With Friends brand into a franchise of six game titles - including top hits Scramble, Hanging and Gems With Friends. Zynga’s ‘With Friends’ franchise continues to engage and delight players worldwide with nearly 55 million games being played any given time across the world. We look forward to the continued success of the With Friends franchise and we wish Paul and David well.”