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Zynga shutters Baltimore studio, consolidates others

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Zynga shutters Baltimore studio, consolidates others

Following a string of layoffs and managerial shuffling, Zynga has shut down one studio and consolidated the work force of various others. The move impacts approximately 30 people, which is only about 1% of its total workforce.

Read more: Baltimore closed after leader's resignation »

"I'm sure milking those games made a lot of wealthy people even richer. "
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FarmVille TV series to be produced by Brett Ratner

FarmVille TV series to be produced by Brett Ratner

Zynga's FarmVille empire is expanding beyond Facebook and 7-Eleven. The ubiquitous social farming game is set to be an animated television series, produced by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, X-Men: The Last Stand).

Read more: 'Cross-platform opportunities' »

"Tune in next week for another episode of Farmville... or just pay us $20 and watch it now."
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Zynga's chief game designer resigns, wants to work with smaller team

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Zynga's chief game designer resigns, wants to work with smaller team

The talent loss at struggling social game company Zynga continues as the company's chief game designer Brian Reynolds has resigned, saying he is looking to get back into the nitty gritty of game design.

Read more: Wants to get back to 'hands-on' game design »

"Thank god, he deserves to make better games. It was pretty depressing reading interviews where ..."
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Zynga CEO confirms layoffs of 5% of work force

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Zynga CEO confirms layoffs of 5% of work force

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has confirmed yesterday's reports of massive layoffs across multiple studios. In a letter, Pincus said the company cut 5% of its total staff, and closed its Boston studio entirely. It has also proposed closures to the Japan and UK studios.

Read more: 'We don't take these decisions lightly' »

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Report: Zynga lays off 100 from Austin studio

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Report: Zynga lays off 100 from Austin studio

Facing lawsuits, resignations, and a massive stock hit, Zynga has reportedly laid off roughly 100 employees from its studio in Austin, TX, with similar downsizing possible for its Chicago and Boston offices. According to reports, employees were dismissed this afternoon and given two hours to leave the premises.

Read more: Offices remain across US, Europe, and Asia »

"Could they set up some kind of Ruby on Rails training camp in a big tent?"
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Zynga hits Electronic Arts with counterclaim

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Zynga hits Electronic Arts with counterclaim

A little over a month ago, publishing giant Electronic Arts sued social gaming giant Zynga over alleged copyright infringement. EA claims that Zynga had blatantly copied various elements of The Sims Social in The Ville, one of Zynga's recent releases.

Of course, Zynga denies those allegations, claiming they "have no merit." In a prepared statement to Shacknews, Reggie Davis, general counsel for Zynga, claims that EA is guilty of "anticompetitive and unlawful business practices," for which the company has filed a counterclaim.

Read more: Zynga's defense detailed »

"Well, it's a very different analysis since EA's claims come from U.S. copyright law. ..."
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Zynga publishing Garriott's 'Ultimate Collector'

Zynga publishing Garriott's 'Ultimate Collector'

Richard Garriott's Ultimate Collector game has found a publisher. The indie studio Portalarium has announced a deal with Zynga to publish the game on Facebook and Zynga's own Web site. The game is in beta right now, preparing for a roll-out to all users in the near future, followed by a mobile version.

Read more: 'Three games in one' »

"They were smart to start the name of the game with "Ultima"te. Marketing smartasses."
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FarmVille 2 launches on Zynga.com and Facebook today

FarmVille 2 launches on Zynga.com and Facebook today

The game that really put Zynga on the map has returned. Three years after the original, FarmVille 2 has launched. Like it's predecessor, it invites Facebook and Zynga.com players to cultivate their own farms, all whilst getting support from friends. However, FarmVille 2 also marks the first of Zynga's "next generation" game offerings: it's the first Zynga game to be built entirely in 3D, the first to run in Adobe Flash Player 11, and the first to offer a right-click option.

Read more: Promises more 'meaningful' social interactions »

"Somebody please nuke this, Farmeville postivie comments are not allowed in here"
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Morning Caffeinated! -- Spec Ops 'cancer,' Dawnguard flap, and Zynga'd

Morning Caffeinated! -- Spec Ops 'cancer,' Dawnguard flap, and Zynga'd

Another morning, Shack, and only one more day until Friday. I'll start the day off with a hearty congratulations to the folks at Uber for getting Planetary Annihilation Kickstarted, and they are closing in on a cool million dollars. I hope they make their stretch goals because the funding stream has slowed a bit from the initial run of pledges, but the good news is they still have 15 days left. If you want to know why I'm excited, look no further than the massive interview we did on the project earlier this week.

And off we go, hitting on a subject that has always frustrated me: forced multiplayer.

Read more: Do your research on multiplayer »

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Zynga CCO exits, plans new company

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Zynga CCO exits, plans new company

Another Zynga executive has exited the company, as it continues to feel the ripple effects of its tumbling stock price. This time it's Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu taking his leave, effective immediately, with plans to start his own game company.

Read more: 'I'm very proud of my part in building this remarkable company' »

"Screw you guys, I'll make a new company - with blackjack apps and hookers! "
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Zynga gives stock options to prevent 'mass exodus'

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Zynga gives stock options to prevent 'mass exodus'

Zynga has reportedly given equity grants to its full-time employees, after a poor earnings report caused a heavy stock loss. Zynga regularly gives stock options and bonuses to its employees, but this marked the first time an equity award was given to all employees. It's being seen by analysts as an attempt to keep from losing employees.

Read more: Move to 'prevent mass exodus' »

"You just described every free iOS game ever. I however agree with your sentiment."
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Fez developer turned down mobile port from Zynga

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Fez developer turned down mobile port from Zynga

Indie darling Fez could have made an appearance on mobile devices. According to a tweet from Polytron, the company was approached by none other than Zynga to bring the Xbox Live Arcade game to handheld devices. "We politely refused," the tweet states, before taking a jab at the social media giant. "So, look forward to Zynga's FEX any day now, I guess!"

Zynga has been accused of launching copycat clones when planned acquisitions don't work out, as was the case for Tiny Tower. EA recently filed a lawsuit against the company, saying that it was a company large enough to go against the 'Ville publisher.

Read more: Zynga Partners program likely »

"Q: When does a Fez clone not qualify as a Fez clone? A: When it doesn't have any bugs."
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Zynga COO John Schappert resigns

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Zynga COO John Schappert resigns

Amid a myriad of legal problems, Zynga Chief Operating Officer (COO) John Schappert has stepped down from the company. The former executive recently had his job responsibilities stripped as part of a corporate restructuring, which made both mobile head David Ko and game development head Steve Chiang report directly to CEO Mark Pincus instead of Schappert.

Read more: No plans to replace Schappert »

"Uh, those are the kind of things that C level executives tend to base their work around..."
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EA sues Zynga, claims copyright infringement in The Ville

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EA sues Zynga, claims copyright infringement in The Ville

Electronic Arts has filed a lawsuit against Zynga "on behalf of Maxis." EA claims that Zynga's newly released social game, The Ville, copies "original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social in a clear violation of the US copyright laws."

"The similarities go well beyond any superficial resemblance," Maxis general manager Lucy Bradshaw argues. "Zynga's design choices, animations, visual arrangements and character motions and actions have been directly lifted from The Sims Social. The copying was so comprehensive that the two games are, to an uninitiated observer, largely indistinguishable."

Read more: EA has the 'resources to stand up' against Zynga »

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Zynga hit by class action lawsuit over possible insider trading

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Zynga hit by class action lawsuit over possible insider trading

With such a tumultuous drop in stock price, it was bound to happen. Zynga executives are being targeted in a class action lawsuit over allegations that insiders profited from dumping the stock. For example, CEO Marc Pincus sold 16.5 million shares for a gain of $200 million. Various insiders gained over $500 million by selling their stock.

Law firm Newman Ferrara is the first to go after the social gaming company, with others expected to follow. At the heart of the lawsuit is a trading "lockup" that prevented regular employees from selling their shares until May 28th, while many insiders were able to dump their stock well in advance.

Read more: 'The guys at the top... got to cash out' »

"Fuck this guys CEO's and go after them with the full mighty wrath of the lord and the full ..."
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