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Don Mattrick stays winning, to be replaced at Zynga


Out with the old and in with the old
Apr 08
After not even two years into his tenure at Zynga, it appears Don Mattrick is being replaced as CEO. According to the Wall Street Journal, Mattrick did such a great job, that the people of Zynga decided he needed a break and ... read
BaZynga!

Zynga has lost half of its active users in the last year


And $61 million this first quarter (almost 69, nice)
Apr 25
The bad news is that I'm sure they all moved on to play god damn Candy Crush. For now. Until some other bright casino game or reality show about a bad 90's rapper living in an Amish community wrangles their attention so they ... read
Zynga is not cool

Zynga buys NaturalMotion for $527M, cuts workforce 15%


BaZynga!
Jan 31
Zynga has made its first big move under new CEO and former Microsoft head Don Mattrick, acquiring CSR Racing developer NaturalMotion for $527 million. The UK and US-based developer did well for itself with the mobile hit CSR ... read
Zyngattrick

Don Mattrick to turn Zynga around with business clichés


Shift some paradigms, think outside the box
Jul 26
Former Microsoft figurehead and presumed fall guy Don Mattrick is now the CEO of Zynga, the company known for making millions off the Facebook boom and games like Farmville. Of course, the casual powerhouse hasn't been faring... read
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Don Mattrick negotiated to buy Zynga while at Microsoft


Reportedly, that is
Jul 08
Today is Don Mattrick's first full day at Zynga as the company's new CEO. Wow, yeah, that's still weird to say. Speaking of the former president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business, here's a curious tidbit: acco... read
Zynga

Zynga error lets stranger do hilarious customer support


In all fairness, he tried to warn them
Jul 05
Zynga's been a hot topic in the news lately, but this gaffe is quite a bit more lighthearted than the Mattrick saga. It's also pretty embarrassing. As reported by Kotaku, Zynga accidentally put a random person in charge of cu... read

GTA V, 400 Days of Summer, & Don Mattrickville


The Destructoid Show eats a whole cake by itself
Jul 02
Oh hey! Tara's back from Singapore! Let's talk about video games! Don Mattrick has left Microsoft to work for Zynga, Rockstar answers some Grand Theft Auto V questions, and The Walking Dead gets its interim DLC episode 400 Days in the next week, depending on your platform. Plus, Klei Entertainment's new game, Incognita is tactical turn-based stealth, and Proteus is coming to PS3/Vita. read
Woah
[Update: It's official. Zynga has confirmed that Mattrick will join the company as CEO and member of the board of directors on July 8, 2013. "I joined Zynga because I believe that [founder Mark Pincus'] pioneering vision... read feature

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Zynga shutting down Draw Something developer OMGPOP


More layoff news
Jun 04
It came out this week that social gaming giant Zynga had laid off 520 employees (approximately 18 percent of its global workforce), which ended up meaning full office closures in some cases. Joining the shutdowns in New York,... read
Zynga

Major layoffs happening at Zynga


Approximately 18 percent of staff cut
Jun 03
Sad news been handed down to many employees of the massive social game developer Zynga, as the company is reportedly cutting loose 520 staff members. That's around 18 percent of the company workforce. As part of the cuts, the... read
Draw Something 2

Zynga launches Draw Something 2


Try again?
Apr 25
Here's another excuse to draw dick pictures on your mobile device and send them to your friends. It's Draw Something 2, the follow-up to the Pictonary-like social game that captured our imaginations for exactly 1.5 weeks last... read
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Impressions: Zynga's mobile card game War of the Fallen


Simple and accessible, Zynga may be winning yet
Apr 15
Zynga has just released their latest social game endeavor War of the Fallen for iOS, with Android soon to follow. This new card battle game steps up to the plate with hopes of introducing casual game players to the world of c... read
Draw Something

Draw Something television game show is really happening


Coming to UK's Channel 4
Apr 11
Remember when we told you how Zynga was working on turning their popular drawing mobile game into a television game show? That's actually happening now, but not for CBS as we originally heard. Word is that they've decided not... read
Draw Something 2

Ryan Seacrest got to announce Draw Something 2


Is this real life?
Mar 19
Draw Something 2 is officially happening. How do we know this? Because Ryan Seacrest Tweeted the news. What. OMGPOP CEO and Zynga Vice President Dan Porter later confirmed that Draw Something 2 is indeed coming soon and will ... read

Zynga: Tablets are becoming the ultimate game platform


Farmville dev praises your iPads and your Samsung Notethinkers
Mar 18
Console fans will protest, PC fans will bellow in outrage, but Farmville developer Zynga believes tablet devices are on track to become the ultimate platform for gaming experiences. According to games president Steve Chi... read
Zynga silliness

Zynga: Copying games is no big deal, don't worry about it


Who has time to be creative when you are providing a "service"?
Mar 12
"Zynga is often accused of copying games, which is mostly true." Those were the words spoken by Dan Porter, General Manager of Zynga New York. It's no secret to anyone with the capacity for rational thought that the social ga... read
The Ville

EA and Zynga have settled over The Ville lawsuit


It's over
Feb 15
The Electronic Arts and Zynga lawsuits against one another have both been dismissed. The two companies reached a settlement outside of court, and the specifics of the deal haven't been disclosed. Both companies issued a state... read
FarmVille

Um, what? Brett Ratner is making a FarmVille cartoon


From the director of such hits as X-Men: The Last Stand and Rush Hour!
Feb 07
Listen to the bear. Brett Ratner Boards ‘FarmVille’ Animated Series [Deadline] read

Zynga cuts costs by shutting down 11 games


Some would call it karma
Dec 31
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has just announced that 11 games will be either axed entirely, or stop accepting newcomers to cut costs. It seems as if assets will be funneled into their more popular ventures, and new ones as well. Yep... read

A free version of Horn is now up on the App Store


Have an Unreal Engine 3 appetizer on the house
Dec 11
Phosphor Games Studio and Zynga have put out a "free" version of Horn, the fairly ambitious action-adventure game for mobile devices. That can be downloaded from the App Store right now, offering the Prologue from the main ca... read

The DTOID Show: XCOM DLC, Sim City, Zynga & Warfighter


Plus: How to become a wizard
Oct 24
Today on The Destructoid Show, we discuss XCOM: Enemy Unknown's upcoming Slingshot DLC, Sim City's momentary delay, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter's less-than-thrilling reception, and crappy ol' Zynga doing a bunch of crappy stuff. Again. read
Boston studio shut down, others face closure
There were a number of layoffs at Zynga today, as you might have heard from employees who were affected and quickly spread the word. An internal note from CEO Mark Pincus confirms much of what's been said about the significan... read feature

This is what social game developers say about you, behind your back
Meet Melissa. She's a forty-year-old mom who has recently become hooked on DragonVale, a free-to-play iOS game. She is what social game analysts call a whale. No, this isn't a comment on her physical stature or deep, raspy... read feature

Zynga apes Pokemon with suspiciously similar Montopia


Gotta copy 'em all!
Aug 30
Oh Zynga, will you ever learn? Despite being embroiled in a lawsuit against fellow evildoer Electronic Arts, those wacky rouges at Zynga are hard at work with another "inspired" game -- Montopia.  Montopia casts you in ... read

Jimquisition: EA vs. Zynga - The Lesser of Two Evils


Aug 27
Electronic Arts and Zynga duking it out is one of the biggest supervillain slap-fights in history. Both companies are reviled by gamers the world over, but as is our nature, we can't just sit back and watch the carnage. Peop... read

EA vs. Zynga: EA claims it's a game industry defender!


Aug 21
Electronic Arts' delusions of grandeur have reached new heights this week, as the company continues to milk its lawsuit against Zynga for cheap applause and gamer cred. Its latest claim? The lawsuit positions Electronic Arts ... read

EA vs. Zynga: EA thanks gamers for support


Aug 07
Electronic Arts couldn't have asked for a better enemy in Zynga. The social game kingpin is not only in financial trouble, it's also one of the most despised companies in the industry. EA must realize this, and has started su... read

EA vs. Zynga: Zynga hits back, says EA is a copycat too


Aug 06
The supervillain slapfight of the century was initiated on Friday, with EA announcing that it would take Zynga to court for copying The Sims Social. Today, Zynga has fired its opening salvo in response, accusing EA of copying... read

The DTOID Show: Zynga, Dishonored, and QuakeCon 2012!


Aug 03
Happy Friday, lovelies! We've got a jam-packed show today, full of all the QuakeCon and copyright infringement news you can handle! We've also got footage of Assassin's Creed III's AnvilNext engine, a list of famous people l... read

Electronic Arts has announced that it will be twisting the knife into the beleaguered Zynga by taking it to court -- suing the trouble company over its new social game, The Ville. EA alleges that The Ville is a rip-off of The... read feature







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