Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Zynga to close 13 games after shakeup, reduces focus on The Ville


"But which 13 games are they? That's the question on our minds after today's unfortunate layoffs of over 100 Zynga employees and the closure of its Boston Studio. News received an internal note from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, which deals with far more than just the layoffs, as we've learned that Zynga plans to close down 13 different games in the process, and also shift its focus away from The Ville.

These 13 games are described by Pincus as being "older" games, but we still have no confirmed games to add to that list. Of course, we could speculate that games like FishVille, PetVille, YoVille and even the original Mafia Wars may be done for, but let's not also forget the large catalog of mobile games Zynga has also released over the past few years. Could games like Dream Zoo, Dream PetHouse or ForestVille also be on the chopping block?

Furthermore, what does this news mean for The Ville, which has been tied up in a copyright controversy with EA since earlier this year? Will the game remain open but stop being actively updated?"

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