Playdom Nabs Fomer Yahoo And Microsoft Exec As CTO

Social gaming company Playdom has hired David Sobeski, a former executive at Yahoo and Microsoft, as Chief Technology Officer of the company.

Sobeski most recently served as a senior vice president at Yahoo, in charge of developing the company’s Open Strategy and Data platform as well as driving product and innovation strategy. Prior to joining to Yahoo, Sobeski was a general manager at Microsoft and worked on a variety of projects, from user experience of Windows Vista, to mobility on the Microsoft Exchange Server.

Playdom has steadily been expanding its presence on Facebook, most recently acquiring Facebook game developer Offbeat Creations. Playdom also invested $5 million in Facebook game developer MetroGames. In November, Playdom raised a massive $43 million at a $260 million valuation. According to our stats from November, Playdom has 28 million monthly game users. 60% of traffic is from MySpace v. 40% from Facebook. Playdom’s main competitor is gaming giant Zynga, which is a leading game developer on Facebook.