Former Zynga Studio General Manager Alan Patmore has joined its competitor, social game developer KIXEYE. He will serve as the company's new Vice President of Product. Patmore served as the General Manager of CityVille at Zynga. He also oversaw the popular game Mafia Wars. In his new role he will be responsible for overseeing product strategy and development.
"I’m a big fan of KIXEYE and what they’ve been able to accomplish over the last couple of years. I believe that there’s a massive opportunity to bring AAA production value to core, free-to-play games and KIXEYE is perfectly positioned to lead that charge," said Patmore. "I couldn’t be more excited about the team, strategy and product roadmap. There are some launches coming later this year that are going to set the industry on fire."
Prior to working at Zynga, Patmore served as Vice President of Product Development at Double Fine Productions where he was responsible for the development of Stacking, Iron Brigade, and Costume Quest. Patmore was also President and CEO of Surreal Software, which he co-founded and later sold to Midway in 2004.
KIXEYE employs over 250 employees and is based in San Francisco. Its games include Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates and War Commander.