Muck tracker - Zynga files IPO documents

By Muckety

July 1, 2011 at 3:41pm

Online games company Zynga filed papers Friday for a $1 billion public offering.

The filing revealed that Stanley J. Meresman, a former venture partner with Technology Crossover Ventures and former Silicon Graphics exec, has joined the Zynga board.

His presence strengthen’s the company’s ties to LinkedIn, which recently went public. Reid Hoffman, also a director of Zynga, is chairman of LinkedIn; Peter Thiel, an investor in Zynga, was an angel investor.

In some regards, LinkedIn is a competitor of Facebook, the site that sends players and revenues to Zynga.

Facebook and Zynga have a contractual partnership through May 2015. Outlining potential risks of investment, Zynga lists its relationship with Facebook as No. 1, noting that business would suffer if Facebook discontinued or limited its ties to the company.

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