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Zynga is royalty when it comes to social gaming, skyrocketing from an upstart to a powerhouse with the massive success of games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. A former senior employee recounts to San Francisco paper SF Weekly, however, that not all is well in the casual kingdom. In fact, the anonymous source goes as far as to call the studio “one of the most evil places I’ve run into.” The staffer was evidently quite eager to join Zynga and be a part of the Web 2.0 trend. Instead, he says he was met with an environment that promoted cannibalism of other ideas in favor of original content. Among the listed offenses, the source said that staffers were, and are still, instructed to blatantly steal the idea of competitors. He recalls a time when founder Mark Pincus spoke on the subject, allegedly saying “I don’t f**king want innovation. You’re not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers.” SF Weekly also claims that they spoke to other Zynga exes who mimicked the same sentiment – capitalizing on established ideas (they used the word “stealing”) and using Zynga’s brand capital to force competitors/originators out of the market is commonplace. Zynga’s flagship release FarmVille and developer Slashkey’s game Farm Town is one of the most notorious examples. Playing off Google’s quirky “Don’t be Evil” motto, the ex-employee drew a very unflattering parallel. “Zynga's motto is 'Do Evil,’” he said to SF Weekly. “I would venture to say it is one of the most evil places I've run into, from a culture perspective and in its business approach. I've tried my best to make sure that friends don't let friends work at Zynga.”
SF Weekly says that they’ve hit roadblocks trying to speak directly to Zynga for a comment. We can understand Zynga's hesitation to address – and perhaps legitimize – the issue, but have reached out for comment as well. [SF Weekly via Gamasutra]
It's sad that this doesn't surprise me. Not even a little. Happily, I've never paid a cent to Zynga for any of their shovelware crap.
is he evil or ebil (hehehe..zorbak).
the last paragraph 3 word is mispelt :)
oh and btw ... im not surprised ... never liked zynga :/
yeah. It's not that hard to believe.
Why am I not surprised.... oh because there's always been somebody like this! Which sucks. Stupid leechers. (intelligent business move, though I hate to say it)
This is not hard to believe. I hate that Zygna has experienced so much success because of their underhanded policies.
Confirming everything I've ever thought about the company.
its pretty obvious that's what they have been doing from the start.
Great motto its mine as well
I never game a dime to Zynga, and now I have another reason to continue not giving them money. I believe every word of what I just read. I have heard rumors before of their questionable business tactics. Now it has been proven. Another evil force in the video game industry. They should raise their heads up low and join forces to create the "International Evil Video Game Developers Association"
EA, ACTIVISION, THQ, SYNGA, UNITE!
Just proof how Zynga is truely an evil organization
I can see that happening and Farmville-Farmtown is a great example. Its not the first time they've ripped someone off. Mafia Wars is trademarked by EA since 2003 and they have been using that name since 2008.
I knew it! Farmville is evil, it controls minds! Next thing you know, It will start transmitting signals that make you zombies. Really fat zombies...........
I was looking for a footnote saying "This is fake" but i guess not.
jesus. that really is evil...
Man this reminds me of the time my friend spent $5 on farmville and i punched him in the face.
This doesn't surprise me at all, not even one bit. I have always been against social networking games because I feel like not only are they not real games and they are only cheap and crappy copycats of good games. I already hate you Zynga and this just makes me hate you more.
the similarity between games isnt surprising...