VIDEO GAMES

Zynga picks up Team Chaos and PlayStudios co-founder for casino games

Team Chaos CEO Andrew Busey will rejoin Zynga alongside PlayStudios vet Monty Kerr 

Posted June 2nd, 2016

Zynga Inc. is drawing in Austin talent for its casino-style social mobile games. 

The San Francisco company has hired PlayStudios co-founder Monty Kerr as a senior vice president and is acquiring Team Chaos, a 10-person Austin studio co-founded by Zynga vet Andrew Busey and former Chaotic Moon CEO Ben Lamm in 2013. 

Team Chaos, a sister company to Chaotic Moon, specialized in adventure and card-based mobile games such as "Dragon Academy," "NBA Breakaway" and "Loot Raiders."

Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed and Zynga and Team Chaos declined to answer questions about the moves, or anything else.

Busey worked at Zynga previously from 2010 to 2011 as a general manager in Austin after selling his company Challenge Games to Zynga. 

VentureBeat reports that the Austin team will work with Zynga on social casino games such as "Zynga Poker" and "Chocolate Factory Slots."

Busey is also a co-founder of Capital Factory and according to Lamm's LinkedIn page, he's CEO of an as-yet-unannounced startup. It's unclear if that startup will be based in Austin or in Dallas, where Lamm is now living

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