According to the Wall Street Journal, Zynga’s China studio head Andy Tian will depart the company by the end of the month. The company said he is leaving to “return to his entrepreneurial roots”, but did not elaborate further.
John Yin, current studio director at Zynga’s China office, will succeed Tian. Yin currently leads product development and operations for Zynga’s global mobile games, and has also helped in the development of several game productions.
Tian has served as Zynga China’s general manager for three years following the social game developers acquisition of social gaming company XPD Media in 2010.
Earlier this month Zynga laid off over 500 employees worldwide, and closed its Austin, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York-based studios.