Exit This Way
The saga of the lone OMGPOP employee to say no to Zynga isn’t over just yet thanks to a couple of acerbic late night tweets from OMGPOP chief executive Dan Porter. Last week, Shay Pierce, a former OMGPOP game developer penned a rather explosive column for Gamasutra about turning down Zynga’s post-acquisition employment offer over a difference of “values.” (The gist: he had them, Zynga didn’t.)
Guess Mr. Porter, now VP of general management at Zynga New York, was not a fan of Mr. Pierce calling his new employer “evil.” Late Friday night, Mr. Porter tweeted: “The one OMGPOP employee who turned down joining Zynga was the weakest one on the whole team. Selfish people make bad games. Good riddance!” In case you weren’t sure who he was talking about, he later added, “What’s so interesting about success is the number of failures who try to ride on your back. Shay Pierce is just one of many . . .”
It was back in January when we first heard rumblings of hype around a new startup called FiftyThree coming out of New York. The startup, a five-man product shop in the West Village, makes “tools for the creative space—the 53 centimeters that magically link head, heart and hand.” The first product is Paper, a powerful drawing app that reminds us of the artist David Hockney, who has drawn at least three cover illustrations for the New Yorker using an iPhone, an iPad, and the $8 app Brushes.
Paper hit the Internet today hard as the Apple blogs salivated over its versatility. The app lets you keep discrete digital sketchbooks and create paintings, notes and drawing in a remarkable approximation of pen, paint, paintbrushes, calligraphy pens, charcoal and so on. The basic app is free, with individual features available as in-app purchases including additional brushes for $1.99 each.