Wed, Oct 24, 2012 | 14:44 BST
Zynga lays off 5% of staff; Boston studio closed, Japan and UK may follow
Zynga has confirmed major lay-offs, at least one studio closure and the possibility of more to follow, as well as the shut down of 13 games.
Zynga issued a statement confirming the cuts and closures following a day of heavy rumours suggesting it had shuttered its Boston studio and made cuts at the Chicago office.
Numerous Boston-area developers reported the news on Twitter that Conduit Labs, known as Zynga Boston after a buyout, had been closed. Massive layoffs at Zynga’s Chicago office are also being reported, with Gamasutra confirming that Zynga has made massive cuts at its Austin-based studio with over 100 employees laid-off.
Zynga’s Austin office is behind the Facebook game TheVille, while the Boston office was responsible for the Indiana Jones Adventure World game on the social network.
The news started circulating while Apple’s press conference was occurring today, where the iPad 4 and iPad Mini were announced along with a slew of Mac news, before Zynga made it official.
CEO Mark Pincus issued the following statement:
All the best to all those affected by the cuts.
Thanks, Silicon Alley Insider.