Brian Reynolds, the chief game designer at social gaming network Zynga has called it quits. Reynolds’ resignation was first reported by Polygon.
While Reynold’s reason for leaving the company was not made immediately clear, President of games Steve Chiang released the following statement:
“Brian has a long history in the game industry and has been a great partner to the creative leaders at Zynga. I want to thank him for his leadership of the Zynga Baltimore studio in the design and development of FrontierVille, which brought many innovations to social gaming. We appreciate Brian’s contribution and we’re proud of the deep bench of creative leaders who are leading the next wave of game innovation at Zynga. We wish Brian the best in his next chapter.”
Reynold’s was hired by Zynga in 2009 and led in the development of several games including Civilization II and Alpha Centauri. Before he joined Zynga Reynolds was CEO of Big Huge Games.
Zynga has had a retention problem of late. Recently departing from the suffering gaming network was treasurer Mike Gupta. Before Gupta left the company COO John Schappert called it quits, as did CTO Allan Leiwand and creative officer Mike Verdu. Zynga also recently lost revenue officer Jeff Karp and chief security officer Nils Puhlmann.
Zynga recently announced the closure of its Boston office and the firing of those employees.
Since March 2012 Zynga’s value has fallen by more than 80 percent.
Zynga is not commenting further at this time on the loss of Brian Reynolds.