Polygon initially broke the story, confirming Reynolds’ departure with three different sources, though an official on Zynga’s end originally denied the story. Since then, a company official has confirmed Reynolds is leaving, but didn’t disclose details like if he’s already gone or when his last day would be. In fact, Reynolds himself actually confirmed the story on Twitter.
Yes I’m officially leaving Zynga after 3 3/4 great years. Back soon… need to think of a new Twitter handle though! venturebeat.com/2013/01/29/zyn…
— Brian Reynolds (@TheGameChief) January 30, 2013
Reynolds is an established industry veteran, having served as CEO and creative director of Big Huge Games. When the strategy game developer was acquired by 38 Studios, Reynolds left and came to Zynga in 2009; he was initially heading up Zynga East (based in Baltimore) where he worked on games like FrontierVille and CityVille 2.
Zynga President of Games Steve Chiang released a statement, saying “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.”