Closures are part of Zynga’s strategy to contain costs using “guard rails.”
Bettner is funding the effort himself and has pulled a team together to make an Ouya game.
In a phone interview with GamesBeat, brothers Paul and David Bettner confirmed their departure but wouldn’t say what they’ll do next.
Tucked away in Zynga‘s initial public offering filing are the amounts that the company paid to buy a bunch of game studios in the past year or so. The biggest deal was a $53.3 million purchase of Newtoy, the maker of the popular Words With Friends mobile game, back in November, 2010.