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Zynga doubles down on its social casino game talent

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And the San Francisco company is doubling down on the talent it has in that category.GamesBeat has learned that Zynga has hired Monty Kerr, a cofounder of rival social casino gamemaker PlayStudios, as a senior vice president at Zynga.

Kerr will also oversee Zynga Poker, which is the social game company s flagship game, alongside general manager Eddie LeBreton.The moves are part of the latest tactical decisions by Frank Gibeau, Zynga s new chief executive.

They reinforce Zynga s focus on social casino games.

Slots, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Slots, and Black Diamond Casino.Kerr has founded a number of game companies.

He cofounded PlayStudios in 2011.

Details of the transaction aren t available.In the most recent quarter ended March 31, Zynga said that its mobile bookings for social slots games were up 77 percent over the prior year and up 13 percent from the previous quarter.

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