Zynga shutters four studios, more than 500 employees lose jobs

Monday, 3rd June 2013 20:34 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Massive lay offs have hit social game studio Zynga, with AllThings D reporting that the studio is closing down its Los Angeles, New York, Austin and Dallas studios; it’ll also lay off more than 520 of its employees.

The company’s official blog confirmed this news as CEO Mark Pincus released an official statement which also revealed that the publisher’s let go off about 18 percent of its total work force.

“None of us ever expected to face a day like today, especially when so much of our culture has been about growth,” said Pincus. “But I think we all know this is necessary to move forward. The scale that served us so well in building and delivering the leading social gaming service on the Web is now making it hard to successfully lead across mobile and multiplatform, which is where social games are going to be played.”

Zynga has also confirmed that all restructuring procedures will be completed by August this year. The firm has halted all trading activities on the Nasdaq in wake of the news. Despite this, VentureBeat reports the publishers stock fell 12%.



  1. Bloodyghost

    Terribly sad to see, it’s never good to see anyone get laid off. I hope everyone is okay and finds a position as soon as possible.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. tgchan

    wtf is wrong with this world…

    or it was always liek that??? but there was no global info exchange and people didn’t know about it…

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Rockin a Jack D

    See, this is what happens when you produce shit. Relying on the demographic of social media and mobile devices.

    And people say they want a company like Nintendo to go Multiplatform and to develop for mobile. Such people haven’t got a fucking clue…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. FeaturePreacher

    I’ve been having a bad week and this news just made my day. Can’t wait to hear the day when Zynga goes insolvent.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Sylrissa

    I have no love for Zynga, and greatly dislike their business practices, they rode that bubble until it burst.

    But I do really feel for all those people that lost their jobs, and hope they feel new employment soon.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. MidlifeAxe

    @4 Yeah, it’s great to hear about all these people losing their jobs and families losing an income!


    #6 2 years ago
  7. TrickyAudio

    They grew too fast in a bubble that was always going to burst.

    Whats it been, less than 4 years?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    Zyngas problems has little to do with mobile or social gaming, and everything to do with petty mindless greed.

    If your only concern is chasing the easiest buck in the shortest amount of time, then you’re never going to last.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. For Blood

    And people say our economy is getting better over here. They only say the job market is improving because they stop counting people who no longer are on unemployment or aren’t looking for jobs anymore.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. FeaturePreacher

    They’ll find jobs elsewhere. At the very least, they could teach others not to fall victim to softcore phoney games. Still is terrific news though. Like I said, the only thing better than this would be to see Zynga go bankrupt. I wonder what that idiot that talked about mobile taking over from consoles has to say now.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. hitnrun

    This is shocking news. Zynga had 500 employees to spare?!

    What were they doing? How many employees do you need to run accounting and IT departments?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Bloodyghost

    @10 It’s never good to have someone on the bottom end lose a job, lose income over something like this while some big shot CEO or executive tied to this now can’t buy another Lambo for their 10 car garage. It’s always the person on the bottom who suffers the most.

    If this economy and job market was a little better then your comment wouldn’t be as bad but most of these people will struggle to find a job for awhile that probably gives the same pay. Also what if Zynga was the only job offer they got and they had to work there? Again referring back to how the Job Market is, you can’t be picky on where you work at.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. FeaturePreacher

    I don’t know what it’s like in austere Europe, if you are in Europe, but I know that many of the people who worked there had a college education. In the US the rate for someone with a college degree is a little above 4%, effectively full employment. You know that sites like these rarely report on hiring. My instructor who used to work for Midway has talked over and over about how engine programmers are often hired by lightening traders for over $200,000 a year. If you have a college education, especially in a high demand field such as programming, there’s a good chance you’re going to do ok.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. For Blood

    The sad thing with college here in the US, is that the average college debt with graduates of 2013 is $35,000. That is ridiculous.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Phoenixblight


    A BUlk of this number is here in AUstin which has been more or less a QA house which with QA you don’t need a degree because they pay you horribly which they were roughly right around minimum wage. So no all those people will not bounce right back especially since the market is struggling and not everyone especially QA profession can pick up and leave.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Bloodyghost

    @13 Well I personally know of a man who graduated with a Masters in Computer Science and lives in the Los Angeles Area of California. This area is a hub of business for someone with his degree, and he wouldn’t mind moving around the state for a job. However, since his degree he can’t find anything in the game industry and has only worked petty short term jobs as a Game Tester. Still lives with parents. Doesn’t earn enough from any of those short term jobs to make more then enough to move out.

    Another, a sister of my friend, has been an artist for WayForward and she doesn’t make much as is barely getting by here. If she got laid off then she’d have to move in with her parents, sell her car because she couldnt make payments and be in a rough patch since their are a lot of artists out here unemployed and very little hiring.

    Their are a lot of people trying to get into the industry and unless you literally know someone in a position and can get to you while they are hiring for your position, you are going to be looking for awhile.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Phoenixblight


    Game Industry does not hire on degrees alone but on work experience if he has no work experience he will not be hired especially since the game industry is a glamour job. Everyone and their mother wants to get in the field, when a job is posted on their sites the amount of applicants comes to a small country.

    Your friend needs to look for jobs in software development, he will be paid far more and that experience will allow him to eventually get in the industry or start up his own company.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Bloodyghost

    @17 Well I will point him to this post. His problem is he falls under the “I am a hardcore gamer and that means making games will be as fun as playing them”. Not too wise.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Phoenixblight

    “I am a hardcore gamer and that means making games will be as fun as playing them”

    Yeah that raises the inexperience flag right in the air. THat won’t ever work for QA job or any job in the field.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. redwood

    that’s sad hope everyone affected by this layoff gets on their feet again as soon as possible.. best wishes to the families. layoffs suck ass.. zynga’s bubble is bursting and they know it.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. backup

    PC gamers fav company zynga
    can pc gamers live without zynga ? No

    #21 2 years ago

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