By: Tricia Duryee
Following the departure of several high-level employees, Zynga is striking back by filing a lawsuit against one of its former general managers, alleging "the wholesale theft of some of its most sensitive and commercially valuable data."
Back in August, Patmore, Zynga's general manager of CityVille, left the company to work at a rival social games maker in San Francisco. Patmore had joined Zynga in June 2011, and served as CityVille's general manager before jumping to Kixeye to be its VP of Product. Kixeye is a much smaller Facebook games developer that has been extremely brazen about recruiting talent away from Zynga.
Zynga says Patmore took files that are critically important to the game maker's business, including revenue projections, monetization plans, more than 10 unreleased game design documents, employee compensation details, strategic road maps, and his entire email box, containing 14 months of confidential communications.
Zynga will return to court on Tuesday, where it will ask the judge to address its other requests, including the return of the data, access to Patmore's Dropbox account, and other details.
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