Zynga to Shut Down 11 Titles to Reduce Costs
Having overextended itself, Zynga now has to cut down its operations and refocus its efforts to get back on track. Earlier this year, Zynga spent around US$200 million to acquire Draw Something developer OMGPOP. That move proved to be disastrous as Draw Something became something of a one-hit wonder.
Following that, Zynga's Chief Creative Officer left in August to start his own company. And more recently, the company's Chief Financial Officer also left the company to join social media giants Facebook.
In a bid to get the company in order, Zynga is laying off over 100 employees, shutting down offices and ceasing certain game titles so that its programmers and designers can focus on core projects. Over 11 titles will face the hammer and they are:
PetVille – Shut down December 30th
Mafia Wars 2 - Shut down December 30th
FishVille – Shut down December 5th
Vampire Wars – Shut down December 5th
Treasure Isle – Shut down December 5th
Indiana Jones Adventure World – Closed to new players, shuts down January 14th
Mafia Wars Shakedown – Pulled from app stores
Forestville – Pulled from app stores
Montopia – Shut down December 21st
Mojitomo – Pulled from app stores
Word Scramble Challenge – Pulled from app stores
Despite the cull, Zynga will still have over 30 game titles available across Facebook, Zynga.com, iOS, Android, MySpace and other social sites. And to help ease the pain for affected players, Zynga is offering rewards and bonus packages to these players in other games