A former Zynga employee has spilled the beans on boss Mark Pincus, alleging that he encourages the theft of ideas and going so far as to call the FarmVille developer evil.
The ex-worker claims that Pincus said these exact words when talking about game development: “I don’t f*cking want innovation. You’re not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers.”
He also states that the company’s unofficial motto was “Be evil,” which is a play on Google’s “Don’t be evil” corporate message. The anonymous developer also says that Zynga is “one of the most evil places I’ve run into, from a culture perspective and in its business approach” and that he does his best to make sure “friends don’t let friends work at Zynga.”
Mark Pincus and his cloak-and-dagger operations have come under fire in the past, so this is a case of more fuel on the fire. Still, you don’t become one of the most successful developers in the world by playing Mr. Nice, I reckon.