Category Archives: Zynga
Tue, Mar 05, 2013 | 05:27 GMT
RIFT producer Hal Hanlin has left Trion Worlds after four and a half years in order to take on a new role as lead producer at Zynga. “Nothing but love for Trion, but with the maturation of Rift, there was no urgent demand for my specific skillset,” the developer wrote on Facebook.
Tue, Mar 05, 2013 | 02:10 GMT
Civilization 4 lead designer and Zynga staffer Soren Johnson has signed on to work with Stardock on upcoming games.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 | 22:02 GMT
Gamespot parent company CBS Interactive, EA, Microsoft and Zynga have signed an amicus brief against the US’s Defense of Marriage Act. They’re the only companies directly involved in gaming to get behind the brief, which EA said is impractical for employers, as it forces them to treat same-sex and different-sex partnered employees under different rules. Additionally, Polygon reports EA will further cement its reputation as the most pro-actively anti-homophobic games industry body by hosting a one-day conference on LGBT issues in video games next week.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 | 23:14 GMT
The state of New Jersey has passed a bill intended to make online gambling legal, GamePolitics reports. New Jersey joins Nevada and Delaware in allowing real-money online gambling, something Zynga has bet the bank on. The bill comes into effect when the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement sets an official start date, which is likely to be somewhere between three and nine months from now.
Mon, Feb 25, 2013 | 23:45 GMT
Zynga has closed its Baltimore studio and shuffled staff around in New York and Texas, resulting in “minimal” job cuts.
Fri, Feb 15, 2013 | 20:37 GMT
EA and Zynga have settled over claims that the Zynga’s “The Ville” infringed on EA’s “The Sims Social,” reports Bloomberg. The report states the actual contents of the settlement were not reveled, only that both parties had reached a settlement. Back in August 2012, EA filed a copyright infringement suit over the social game maker’s Facebook game The Ville, claiming it “copied the original and distinctive expressive elements,” of The Sims Social. The following month, Zynga filed a countersuit stating the copyright infringement claim had “no merit” and was “anticompetitive” among other things. Zynga’s game was eventually shuttered last fall anyway, but not due to the lawsuit: it was because no one played the thing.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 | 10:31 GMT
Zynga’s stock has hit a six-month high, rising 11% following months of financial turmoil, lay-offs and walk-outs. The increase comes as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie opened up the possibility for legally-sanctioned real money gaming.
Thu, Feb 07, 2013 | 23:10 GMT
X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner has signed on to produce an animated TV series based on Farmville. Deadline reports production will be handled by Canadian company Six Eleven media. No network has picked up the series yet. Ratner’s also behind the Rush Hour series and the upcoming Hercules: The Thracian Wars; he described FarmVille as “one of the most exciting brands out there today” with “endless” cross-platform opportunities. An Angry Birds cartoon is moving forward this year, too.
Wed, Feb 06, 2013 | 02:59 GMT
Zynga’s cost-cutting measures over the last quarter have borne fruit, with the social publisher dramatically reducing losses in its latest financial report.
Fri, Feb 01, 2013 | 19:09 GMT
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 | 02:23 GMT
Brian Reynolds has left Zynga, the social publisher has confirmed in a statement issued to Joystiq. The veteran developer joined Zynga in 2009 and has left to “pursue other opportunities”. He was chief game designer of the successful Frontierville, and his past credits include Rise of Nations and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri.
Although it’s been a few months since the last publicised departure, Zynga has lost a significant chunk of its senior management and development team over the past year.
Tue, Jan 29, 2013 | 08:51 GMT
Zynga’s stock jumped in value by 14% on Monday to close at $2.84, an unenviable but improved high.
Sat, Jan 05, 2013 | 17:16 GMT
Despite Zynag’s prevailing issues with closures, financials, and exiting executives, the firm’s FarmVille 2 is doing rather well. According to an inforgraphic released by the firm, the social farming simulation game – which launched in September – has 40 million monthly active users and 8 million daily users.
Wed, Jan 02, 2013 | 21:13 GMT
Zynga has announced the imminent closure of its Japanese studio, ending support for all but one game.
Tue, Jan 01, 2013 | 22:53 GMT
Zynga closed at least six social games in December, bringing its list of the fallen to 11 casualties.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 | 01:26 GMT
Zynga boss Mark Pincus has earned the dubious honour of a place on go-to business news publication Bloomberg‘s Worst CEOs of 2012 list. Pincus is in at number four of five thanks to Zynga’s 75% stock dive this year coupled with share offloading and uncomfortable reliance on Facebook. The only other gaming-related entry is former Best Buy leader Brian Dunn. Not as pleasant as being on Forbes’s 30 under 30, hey?
Thu, Dec 06, 2012 | 04:49 GMT
Wed, Dec 05, 2012 | 23:57 GMT
Coastervilla is the latest game from Zynga’s Los Angeles development team, which also produced the popular Empires & Allies. Players are tasked with building the ultimate amusement park including laying out roller coasters which, to get real for a second, sounds almost exactly like Theme Park. If that’s your bag (whose isn’t it?) take a look on Facebook; the end-game promises new features like hotels and boardwalk games once the park is complete. Trailer through the break.
Tue, Dec 04, 2012 | 08:50 GMT
Zynga’s volatile and rapidly declining fortunes have led companies investing in start-ups to become wary, and has resulted in new gaming start-ups being valued lower than they might have been in previous years. It’s not a problem exclusive to gaming, but people are now being more cautious in how highly they price-up new acquisitions.
Tue, Dec 04, 2012 | 05:38 GMT
Zynga has announced the closure of Mafia Wars 21 on December 30. A follow-up to one of the social publisher’s earliest major successes, the Facebook title has failed to capture long lasting interest from punters, and is the latest victim of Zynga’s belt-tightening as it struggles to transition away from social gaming’s apparent decline. Games.com reports players have been offered a bonus package in CastleVille, ChefVille, FarmVille 2, Mafia Wars or YoVille to compensate them for the loss of invested time.