Zynga layoffs at OMGPOP no surprise, ex-staffer says

By John Keefer, Jun 05, 2013 1:15pm PDT

The reports of OMGPOP's closure as part of a massive layoffs at Zynga are apparently true, but one former employee said the end was not a surprise, and was met with no sadness.

"Everyone was just like, 'Yep.' Not surprised at all. It was like the weight had been lifted off our shoulders, that a decision had finally been made."

"Most layoffs are sad. You imagine big corporate settings where security is there to lead people out of the office so they don't make a scene. This was the opposite," the former employee told Business Insider. "Music was being played loudly, and people were ripping up Zynga hoodies and T-shirts. Anything that was Zynga was completely left there. The sentiment felt positive."

The Draw Something developer, which had been renamed as Zynga New York after it was acquired in March 2012 for more than $200 million, had no projects on its plate after releasing Draw Something 2, the ex-employee said. "You could almost feel things were slowing down. We were all champing at the bit for something new."

"We regret nothing, not even being acquired," another former employee says. "We got the chance to push Draw Something to the level we wanted, and we never took anything for granted... We lived through this experience that is very unique. It was a great ride. I think a lot of these people will be meeting up again in the future."

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