Mark DeLoura was only hired by Google about 5 months ago to fill the much needed position of Games Developer Advocate. After 5 months being with Google, Mark announces that he has left. This is the second big name Google has lost over the summer from their gaming department with Android developer market lead Sun Hu Kim leaving earlier.
The reason for Mark's departure from Google? It wasn't a perfect fit for him. Officially announced on his blog, Mark writes:
"I enjoyed working with many of the people there," Mark wrote, "but it was not the perfect fit for me."
Also in the blog post Mark speaks about the progress that has been made over at Games at Google, outlining to date the building of apps in the browser and enabling greater developer flexibility. The loss of Mark seems to strike a rather large cord as Google has been pushing gaming, especially in the social arena, rather hard lately and the sudden absence of a Games Developer Advocate could put it on pause.
Hopefully we see the position filled fast with another qualified veteran of the gaming industry soon.