News Corp.'s Games Director Sean Ryan Joins Facebook

Sean Ryan, the head of gaming at News Corp., will become Facebook's director of games partnerships.

Facebook has confirmed the hire of Sean Ryan, the head of gaming at News Corp., who will become the social network’s director of games partnerships.

Ryan will work with other social gaming veterans at Facebook, including the recently hired Cory Ondrejka and Bruce Rogers, whose startup Walletin got aquired with is recruitment in November.

According to AllThingsDigital, Ryan had spent a short six months at News Corp. before agreeing to jump ship. While the move seems abrupt, it’s actually a time-delayed result of talks with Facebook that predate the stint at Rupert Murdoch’s company.

At News Corp., Ryan had been working on games that interoperate on multiple social media platforms including the News Corp.-owned MySpace, which is very much for sale. Doubtlessly that had some influence on Ryan making such a short stay at News Corp. in favor of ujoining the leading social network.

Ryan will report to Ethan Beard, director of the Facebook Developer Network, and Ryan’s duties at News Corp. will become the responsibility of John Welch, whose games company Making Fun had gotten acquired by News Corp.

Readers, what do you see Ryan bringing to Facebook’s gaming partnerships?