So: the man who made Homeworld is now president of Zynga Studios | PCGamesN

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Homeworld

So: the man who made Homeworld is now president of Zynga Studios

The Gearbox-made Homeworld Remastered series with see the games refitted for modern systems.

In 1997, Alex Garden founded Relic to build a videogame about spaceships. Less than seven days ago, he became president of Zynga Studios.

No word on more spaceships as yet.

Garden joined Zynga this week in a game of company musical chairs that saw Mark Pincus shuffle off his chief product officer title, and Don Mattrick end his hands-on role in favour of ascending to Helios. I’m paraphrasing the announcement.

In any case, Garden was brought on by Mattrick in an attempt to infuse the shrivelling social games giant’s upper management squad with some serious game dev experience.

What’ll interest Zynga is not just Garden's Relic pedigree, but his stint at the head of Xbox Live throughout 2012. Not to mention the time since he's spent in charge of all the bits on the Xbox dashboard that aren’t games - Music, Video and Advertising.

But here’s what’s interesting to us: Garden not only founded Relic, but directed and executive produced Homeworld. His seven year tenure at the head of the company included oversight of the original Company of Heroes, and ended with his brokering of Relic’s sale to THQ (which, remember, was a much better deal at the time than it seems now).

Among his proudest achievements at Relic, he names “seeng nearly every employee buy their homes”, which is nice. Also “seeing the average weight of our employees drop by 10 pounds” - a bit weird, but similarly nice.

Do you think he’ll succeed in turning Zynga into a proper place of games where genii like Brian Reynolds and Soren Johnson have failed? As for Homeworld - that's Gearbox business now.

Login or Register
1
+1
-0
Runeclaw69's picture
89

But... now I can only hate Zynga with half of my heart, as I loved Relic's games and don't want to hate someone that helped make Homeworld and CoH...

Alienware - Game VictoriousNvidia Shield - Titanfall
Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

World of Tanks

Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Get better acquainted with Dragon Age: Inquisition's Iron Bull, Sera and Dorian

Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit mystery, and you can play some of it right now

Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit mystery, and you can play some of it right now

Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

Titanfall's next update will add wave-based co-op shenanigans and a bunch of new enemies

Titanfall's next update will add wave-based co-op shenanigans and a bunch of new enemies

Lords of the Fallen is a bit tricky, so Deck13 has broken down the mechanics in video form

Lords of the Fallen is a bit tricky, so Deck13 has broken down the mechanics in video form

Unity co-founder and CEO steps out of the ring, tagging ex-EA boss John Riccitiello

Unity co-founder and CEO steps out of the ring, tagging ex-EA boss John Riccitiello

Judge dismisses securities fraud suit against EA; executives were just being optimistic

Judge dismisses securities fraud suit against EA; executives were just being optimistic

Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

Elder Scrolls Online and Skyrim books will cover the lore and the land of Tamriel

Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

Red:Out

Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

Aliens by way of XCOM game, Halfway, gets mod support

Aliens by way of XCOM game, Halfway, gets mod support

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor has a place called Gorgrond that’s positively beastly

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor has a place called Gorgrond that’s positively beastly

The Stanley Parable sells over a million copies;

The Stanley Parable sells over a million copies; "The Narrator decided not to tell Stanley"

Ragnar Tørnquist defends ableist language in Dreamfall Chapters:

Ragnar Tørnquist defends ableist language in Dreamfall Chapters: "Those people exist in real life, and so they must exist in fiction"

Titanfall's

Titanfall's "biggest update" is still ahead of it; expect details via Twitch today

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

Master of Draenor I'm pulling your strings: Metallica are playing at BlizzCon 2014

Master of Draenor I'm pulling your strings: Metallica are playing at BlizzCon 2014

Epic's hosting an Unreal Engine game jam this weekend, so get tinkering

Epic's hosting an Unreal Engine game jam this weekend, so get tinkering

Topic of the Week: What games are you looking forward to in 2015?

Topic of the Week: What games are you looking forward to in 2015?

Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

Paranautical Activity developer steps down after threatening Gabe Newell

Paranautical Activity developer steps down after threatening Gabe Newell