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| April 2, 2013
OMGPOP’s Founder Dan Porter Leaves Zynga
OMGPOP’s founder Dan Porter is leaving Zynga, just a little more than a year after selling the flash in the pan developer for $200 million. If you remember, OMGPOP was the company behind the massive hit Draw Something that took the App Store by storm in 2012. Just five weeks after its introduction, it was downloaded more than 30 million times to top the charts. Riding that wave of early popularity, Porter sold the company to Zynga for a massive payout. But then problems began to surface. Almost immediately after the buyout news broke, Porter took to Twitter to oddly criticize the single OMGPOP employee who refused to make the move to Zynga. Then, the number of Draw Something players began to plummet, as the game became more of a footnote than cultural phenomenon like Angry Birds. Even though the game has now been downloaded more than 100 million times in just a year, Zynga had to write off more than half of the price it paid to acquire OMGPOP. Porter last made news when he announced that Draw Something 2 would soon be hitting the App Store. The pictured sequel is currently only available in Sweden’s App Store.