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Zynga CCO exits, plans new company

By Steve Watts, Aug 29, 2012 9:00am PDT

Zynga Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu has announced his resignation, with plans to start a new 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'

By Steve Watts, Aug 10, 2012 5:30pm PDT

Zynga has reportedly given stock options to all full-time employees as a preventive measure for workforce losses.


"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

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 10, 2012 4:30pm PDT

Indie darling Fez could have made an appearance on mobile devices, developer Polytron claims.


"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

By Steve Watts, Aug 09, 2012 11:30am PDT

Zynga Chief Operating Officer John Schappert has left the company, after a recent corporate restructuring stripped him of day-to-day responsibilities.


"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

By Andrew Yoon, Aug 03, 2012 10:30am PDT

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."


"actually, I ended up reading your other post below later that night and I do agree with the ..."

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Zynga hit by class action lawsuit over possible insider trading

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 31, 2012 11:30am PDT

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.


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

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Zynga being investigated over stock cash-in

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 26, 2012 5:00pm PDT

A few Zynga insiders have made quite a pretty penny despite this week's stock crash, including CEO Marc Pincus. Concerns about insider trading have a law firm investigating.


"Normally if you are a CEO or other important role in a company and you have a lot of stock you ..."

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Zynga 'might have been a fad,' analyst says as stock plummets

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 25, 2012 3:30pm PDT

Once a media and investment darling, social gaming giant Zynga is coming on hard times. The company released its second quarter earnings, causing the stock to plummet as much as 40% in after-hours trading.


"When you first start out, it is fun. Designing the layout of your cafe, earning new dishes, ..."

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Zynga announces The Ville, ChefVille, and FarmVille 2

By Andrew Yoon, Jun 26, 2012 1:00pm PDT

Today, one of the world's biggest game publishers announced not one, but three extensions of one of the biggest gaming franchises ever. Yep, we're getting a whole lot of Ville games from Zynga.


"IMHO..Zynga games are falling apart..I myself have had nothing but trouble with their Cafe World ..."

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Report: Draw Something getting game show adaptation

By Steve Watts, Jun 18, 2012 10:15am PDT

CBS has reportedly won a bidding war for the rights to make a Draw Something game show pilot, to premiere sometime in 2013.


"The key is if they can make the ads in the show as intrusive as they are in the game."

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EA CEO says data-driven social games will 'eventually die'

By Steve Watts, May 04, 2012 12:30pm PDT

EA CEO John Riccitiello says his company is a "distant" second in social games, but claims that some social companies are more focused on data mining than crafting fun experiences.


"This just in... HUMANS EVENTUALLY DIE!!! Thus, the social element is removed."

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Draw Something adding branded words

By Steve Watts, May 04, 2012 10:00am PDT

Draw Something is adding branded words to its dictionary as part of a new advertising revenue stream for the game.


"'is adding'? They already had it with stuff like Michael Jackson, Lady GaGa, etc"

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Rovio rejected $2 billion Zynga acquisition offer

By Steve Watts, Apr 17, 2012 4:45pm PDT

Zynga reportedly offered more than $2 billion for Rovio, but was turned down by the Angry Birds studio.


"Wow, that's stupid. :p Must be an invention from a country that doesn't use the metric system."

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FarmVille 2 in the works, domain registration and resume hint

By Andrew Yoon, Apr 16, 2012 6:30pm PDT

Zynga has dabbled in sequels before, as evidenced by Mafia Wars 2's release. But, could a sequel to their most iconic property be in the works?


Zynga CEO hints at Xbox support

By Steve Watts, Mar 22, 2012 2:30pm PDT

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus mentioned the the Xbox during recent comments about creating cloud support to play the company's games across multiple devices.