Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Breaking: Mass layoffs, possible closures at Zynga


Gamasutra has received first-hand confirmation that Zynga has laid off 100+ people from its Austin development studio, many of whom had been employed for over two years.

We have also heard, though can not confirm, that Zynga's entire Boston studio (Indiana Jones Adventure World) has been shut down, and that there is similar bad news in Chicago.

The announcements came during Apple's press conference this morning.

Zynga Austin's game The Ville and a new IP are both "done," according to an affected employee.

More on this story as it breaks.


MrGoodson2 said...

The facebook social gaming is giving way to the personal device gaming. Zynga needed to adapt to that fast as lightning change. It's not surprizing big, neuvo rich companies can't adapt to these changes.
The only way to adapt a late in the game is lay off huge amounts of people and then recalibrate.

Rickart said...

Ellis has hit the nail on the head. I'm not sure that Zynga will adapt in time.

This is not a surprising development, but it's still sad for the employees, both the ones let go and the survivors.

JMG said...

technology really sucks....cuz it's moving too fast. We will have those ports in the back of our heads soon enough.