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Former Zynga Developers Start Casino Game Studio

A group of former Zynga Austin developers launched a brand new studio, Bee Cave Games, which will focus on creating social and mobile titles, the company has announced.

Veterans of Zynga’s downsized Austin studio – former Mafia Wars two general manager Erik Bethke, casino division chief technical officer Nimai Malle and Texas Hold’em Poker general manager Jeremy Strauser – founded the studio in fall 2012 and have acquired $1.4 million for the private beta launch of its first Facebook game, Blackjack Casino. The cash was raised through seed funding from a strategic investment by mobile games publisher Glu Mobile.

“The social casino genre has noticed tremendous growth within the previous year, and we believe the team at Bee Cave Games is well equipped to succeed within the sector’s anticipated continued growth in 2013 and beyond,” mentioned president and CEO of Glu Mobile Niccolo de Masi concerning the company’s investment.

Bee Cave is primarily based in Austin, Texas and will focus on social and casino titles for smartphones and tablets.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to perform with such a talented and passionate group at Bee Cave Games as we commence to provide on our vision of entertaining the globe using the greatest casino games of all genres, on all platforms,” mentioned Bethke, Bee Cave Games CEO.

Additional data regarding a public release date and crucial options for Blackjack Casino will likely be announced by means of the Bee Cave Games official web site and Facebook page in the coming weeks. The developer plans to release mobile and tablet version from the game shortly after its Facebook launch.

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