NBA Jam, Smash TV
and NFL Blitz
creator Mark Turmell has left EA Sports to join social games company Zynga.
Turmell joined EA's Tiburon studio
last year as its senior director. As reported by
games blog Kotaku, he has now been hired by Zynga, the popular Farmville
A spokesperson for EA Sports said, "We appreciate Mark's contribution to Tiburon and EA Sports and wish him well in future endeavors."
His departure follows a number of other EA Tiburon executives also leaving the company earlier this year.
Phil Frazier, EA Sports' executive producer for the Madden NFL
titles, left the company last month
Earlier this year, Madden 12
creative director Ian Cummings also left the company
, to form a new Florida-based online games developer called Row Sham Bow.
EA has also already seen a couple of its executives move to Zynga. John Schappert, chief operating officer at Electronic Arts, left the company back in April
to move to the social games giant, while executive Steven Chiang moved to Zynga