Zynga Hires Team Behind Online Poker Stat Tracker

Zynga, the social-gaming giant, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the team from MarketZero, a poker services provider.

Zynga, the maker of FarmVille, CityVille and other popular social games, says it only hired the MarketZero staff, though, and it won’t operate or acquire MarketZero’s business. “This acquisition leverages the knowledge and expertise of the team,” Zynga said in a statement.

MarketZero, with its PokerTableRatings, hosts “the largest online portal tracking career statistics of online poker players,” Zynga says. The PokerTableRatings staff wrote in a blog post that members shouldn’t see any difference on the site. “PTR hasn’t skipped a beat and we’re working hard to make sure PTR continues to be the best place to find stats on every online poker player,” PTR says.

In the past year, Zynga has seen tremendous success and growth. It acquired 11 companies from around the world in as many months. And Monday, Zynga announced DreamWorks co-founder and CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg was joining the social-gaming company’s board of directors.

Zynga is also rumored to be considering an IPO in 2012.

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