Social gaming company shuts down outfits in Baltimore and Texas in effort to drive long-term profitability.
As part of an initiative to drive long-term profitability, Zynga has closed three studios, the social gaming company announced today. The McKinney and downtown Austin, Texas, offices have been shut down, as well as the company's outfit in Baltimore, Maryland.
Staff at the McKinney and downtown Austin offices will be relocated to Zynga's existing Dallas and North Austin offices, the company said.
Zynga's Baltimore studio was established in 2009 with Civilization designer Brian Reynolds leading the outfit and acting as chief game designer for the company at large. Reynolds left Zynga at the end of January.
In addition, Zynga said it will consolidate its New York City offices to move staff to its NYC mobile studio. It is not clear how many were impacted by the studio closures, though the company said those in Baltimore who requested a transfer were relocated to other Zynga studios, and the overall impact was "minimal."
"These changes will further enable us to focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities," Zynga said in a statement. "We're already working to execute on leveraging franchises to build the largest game network and be profitable on an adjusted EBITDA [Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization] basis. We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm confident that we’re on the right path to deliver on the potential of Zynga."
It has been tough going at Zynga of late. The company enacted a major round of layoffs in October and has seen numerous top-level staff defections in the past year. The company's lawsuit with Electronic Arts over The Ville has been settled, though terms were not specified.
Because the CEO of Zynga once made a ridiculous statement about how social gaming is the way forward and that conventional gaming is becoming less relevant. Zynga's failure is a testament that he was wrong, and that makes people like me want to read it even more
Well sad fact is, the little people (ex-Zyngas?) will be left jobless while the top *ahem* dogs, the CEOs who are driving the co. into the ground and stupidly investing in dud startups will, end of the day, leave all of it in a smoking ruin while they speed away in their porsches and maseratis into the sunset
The 1% wins again :)
lol you all are ruthless. There are a lot of people's ability to put food on the table going down the toilet. Who cares that they make shitty facebook games, you don't have to play them you know.
I don't really like hearing people losing jobs in this economically upside-down world. However if anyone was dumb enough to work for Zynga, they dont deserve to work in the gaming industry period.
I love this quote, "These changes will further enable us to focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities," Zynga said in a statement. You mean like the Hindenburg as it burst into flames? Wait, I do see the resemblance. Both going down in a flaming wreck.
Long term profitability, eh??
And how do they expect THAT to last? Guess y'all should've stayed w/ FB......just sayin'.
Seems people are finally wising up to the complete rip-offs this shady company employ. I'm glad they've had to close offices. Some of the real money purchase prices they ask for are shocking. Good riddance.
I'm always sorry to see people lose their jobs, but I honestly don't have any sympathy for Zynga at all, given their track record.
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Well hell I thought they were gone already....I guess that shows how much I pay attention to them....oh well it will happen eventually.....
@Killer6b9 No...They closed down at least 3 of the games that some people played. They may have to close down more, the ones that are sequels closed
haha they should change the definition of Oxymoron to this statement. Zynga and long term profitability is probably the funniest thing I have ever heard.
Theres a shocker. Saturating a market without any real substance didn't last long. I thought Zynga used Psychology to trick people into spending money but they couldn't use those same PHD's to explain what a trend bubble is and how fast they pop?
This whole situation is wrapped in Irony. This is the greatest bad news there is.
Zynga doesn't even qualify as a game development company, more like a game plagiarizing company. Not to mention the most annoying logo in software development history - that dog gets treated better than their developers.
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