Zynga has been going through hard times recently, even under the hand of new CEO Don Mattrick. That may have something to do with the games not grabbing players like they used to, as even co-founder Mark Pincus says he's gotten bored of the medium.
"Right now, I'm pretty bored with all games," Pincus said during an informal Q&A reported by The Wall Street Journal (via Eurogamer). He had been asked what his favorite game is right now. He went on to explain that he used to get hooked on games like FarmVille or CityVille, but hasn't been grabbed by a new one that way. "I want that addiction again," he said.
Yossi Vardi, who had asked the question, even gave Pincus a chance to retract his comment, and Pincus declined. He isn't explicitly criticizing his own company's games, but it's not a great sign when the head of the publisher doesn't tout its own recent titles, especially in contrast to older games that he says did grab him.
Zynga has been suffering layoffs and studio closures. Most recently financial results showed that it had lost half of its daily users, leaving new CEO Don Mattrick the unenviable task of righting the ship. He promised to "go back to basics" and focus on free-to-play social games, but warned of "more volatility" in the next few quarters.