Nine year veteran, John Blakely has left his post at SOE to join up with the social games behemoth Zynga as general manager in Austin. The move comes shortly after a series of cyber attacks, and the [most recent] calamitous privacy breach that affected nearly 25 million users. Blakely was the vice president of development up until his departure, and was integral to breathing life into SOE’s Austin team which recently launched DC Universe Online for PS3 and PC.
Recently G3 found his (new) resume on LinkedIn confirming his resignation. Blakely’s successor is Laurie Jameson, executive director of development for SOE who oversaw all development teams at SOE’s Austin studio for the past five years.