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Google games man leaves after 4 months

"It was not the perfect fit for me."

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Google's "game developer advocate" Mark DeLoura, who was working on a store that would sell in-browser games, has left the company after just four months.

"There are a lot of very interesting things going on at Google right now, and I enjoyed working with many of the people there, but it was not the perfect fit for me," DeLoura said on his blog (via Kotaku).

DeLoura's departure comes just a week after he made a presentation at GDC Europe outlining Google's plans for games on the Chrome Web Store. He shocked attendees by saying that Google would seek only a 5 per cent cut of sales through the store.

Facebook and Apple, expected to be Google's main rivals in casual games, take around a 30 per cent cut of sales through their respective platforms.

Gamezebo speculates that the timing of DeLoura's departure is not a coincidence and that he was speaking out of turn. But Google's intention to charge 5 per cent is already documented.

The Chrome Web Store opens later this year and will sell all kinds of web apps, including games. The store and the apps will work in any browser - with addititonal features in Google Chrome, naturally.

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