Paul Bettner and David Bettner, the brothers behind the hugely successful Words With Friends mobile game are quitting their posts at Zynga. The announcement which was made by GamesBeat on Friday provided no details for the reasoning behind the exit.
Debuted in 2010 Word With Friends was picked up by Zynga when it bought social game developer Newtoy. Paul Bettner joined the team as the VP and General Manager of Zynga With Friends which also produced Hanging With Friends and Chess With Friends.
The Bettner’s are just the newest in a growing list of high-level executives to depart from the company. Also gone are COO John Schappert and Chief Marketing Office Jeff Karp. read more
Words With Friends can be more than just a fun scrabble type game you play with Friends, it could be the very technology that saves your life one day. At least that was the case for an Australian man who was diagnosed with a life threatening condition.
Australian resident Georgie Fletcher and American wordsmith Beth Legler met several years ago through the gaming platform and began a friendship through the Words With Friends chat screen. Recently Mrs. Fletcher began to describe her sick husbands symptoms when Beth’s husband Larry, a physician, told Georgie to rush her husband immediately to the hospital.
It turns out that Simon Fletcher had a 99% blockage near his heart that would have led to certain death had he not been taken immediately to the emergency room. read more