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  • Blog Post: Zynga Co-Founder Mark Pincus Takes Non-Executive Role Within The Company, New President Announced

    Mark Pincus, the now former Chief Product Officer for Zynga, is stepping aside to take a non-executive role within the company. Pincus' sideways move comes alongside Zynga's first-quarter financial report for 2014 . The report also announced a new president for the company with Alex Garden. Garden... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Secures Dismissal Of Stock Manipulation Lawsuit

    A lawsuit against Zynga alleging manipulation of share value has been dismissed by a federal court. The suit brought by shareholders alleged that Zynga executives committed fraud, misleading investors in advance of its December 2011 initial public offering. U.S. district judge Jeffrey White made his... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Lays Off 15 Percent Of Staff, Acquires Euphoria Engine Creator

    Zynga has announced today that it has laid off 314 employees in an attempt to create “a more efficient organization.” The news was delivered to the company via email from CEO Don Mattrick and posted on the company’s website. “We don’t take these decisions lightly but we... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Now Testing Bitcoin Payments In Farmville And Other Games

    The free-to-play giant is hopping on the bitcoin bandwagon, and is current testing accepting bitcoin payments in a number of its most popular titles. On Reddit, a company representative posted: "In response to Bitcoin's rise in popularity around the world, Zynga, with help from BitPay, is testing... More
  • Blog Post: Jury Rules In Favor Of Zynga In Patent Lawsuit

    Early last year, Zynga was sued by Personalized Media Communications (PMC) who claimed that the publisher was infringing on four of its patents. Today, a jury reached a decision finding Zynga not guilty. The four patents in question covered the personalization of content, targeted advertising, managing... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Candy Crush Developer King Files For US IPO With $5 Billion Valuation

    When you have the top Facebook application by a margin of 40 million daily active users, you must be doing something right. King.com's Candy Crush Saga has rocketed the UK company to success, and now the developer is looking to make good on American soil. Oh, and the next game down on the list is... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Announces The Closure Of Four Games And OMGPop.com

    Zynga is closing down four of its games, and shutting down OMGPop.com, "to make way for new and exciting gaming opportunities." OMGPop is the developer behind Draw Something, Draw Something 2 , and Draw My Thing. Along the website's closure, games Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Reports Net Loss Of Over $15 Million

    It was a rough quarter for social and mobile publisher Zynga. The company has reported significant losses and a precipitous drop in unique users both year-over-year and in consecutive quarters. According the second quarter financial release, Zynga lost $15.8 million dollars in the most recent quarter... More
  • Blog Post: Don Mattrick To Make Over $50 Million As Zynga Boss

    As Don Mattrick prepares to start turning the Zynga ship around next week, some of the reasons for his move have become clear. In an SEC filing, Zynga has disclosed just how much Mattrick will be earning as CEO. The paperwork details a variety of components to the deal that amount to over $50 million... More
  • Blog Post: Rumor: Windows Chief To Lead Xbox Development

    It's been a tumultuous week at Microsoft, and the reorganization we heard rumors of seems to be moving ahead. The implications for Xbox development are profound, as platform responsibilities might now be split across multiple departments. According to Bloomberg, corporate vice president of Windows... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Mattrick's Xbox Exodus Spurred By Upcoming Reorganization

    Fast Company has published a profile of new Zynga CEO (and former Microsoft president of interactive entertainment) Don Mattrick. The piece is an interesting look at a man recently at the receiving end of gamer backlash , but more importantly hints at upcoming changes in Redmond. The piece speculates... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Don Mattrick Joining Zynga As CEO

    Update #2: Game Informer has been provided with the text of an internal email sent from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to all company employes. Interestingly, there is no replacement and Steve Ballmer's note about handling the day-to-day business does not sound temporary. Zynga announced today that... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Loses Two More Top Executives

    Things just keep getting worse for former social game titan Zynga. After laying off over 500 employees last month , which followed a growing tide of talent departures, the company has lost two more key individuals. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Zynga's China office lost general... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Brings 'Speed MOBA' Solstice Arena To iOS Devices Worldwide Today

    When I first heard about Solstice Arena, I was skeptical. It’s by Zynga. It’s a MOBA. It’s on iOS devices. This couldn’t work. It shouldn’t work. It works. And I don’t mean that it’s passable, or a neat first step. It is a fun, engaging title that plays quickly... More
  • Blog Post: More Bad News For Former Zynga Developer OMGPop

    Update: As if it wasn't bad enough that Zynga closed down OMGPop a few days ago, now there's a report that the remaining few face a horrible choice. According to Valleywag , the remaining, already terminated, employees at the developer have been told that instead of leaving immediately they could... More
  • Blog Post: [Updated] Zynga Closes Multiple Studios, Lays Off 18 Percent Of Work Force

    Update: Zynga has provided Game Informer with the letter that was sent out to staff today by CEO Mark Pincus. As previously reported, the entire company will feel the impact of these significant cuts, which are not yet complete. According to a press release issued by the company, layoffs will continue... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Sued For Allowing Executives To Dump Stock Early

    A former Zynga product manager by the name of Wendy Lee is suing her previous employers over discrepancies in the firm's policies surrounding stock sales. Following the mobile and social game publisher's initial public offering on December 16, 2011, employees and other existing shareholders were... More
  • Blog Post: Zynga Tries Motivating Executives With Money

    It may not be an innovative strategy (this is Zynga we're talking about), but the company is attempting to stem the steady outpouring of executive talent by offering bigger bonuses. Things haven't been great for Zynga lately, with lawsuits and resigning execs . To smooth things out, the company... More
  • Blog Post: Dan Porter, Head Of Zynga NYC Departs, Vice President Promoted

    Zynga has been having a rough go of it lately with high-profile departures and studio closures setting a troubling tone during the past six months. Zynga NYC general manager Dan Porter is the latest to leave the mobile and Facebook publisher. Prior to his role with Zynga, Porter was the CEO of OMGPop... More
  • Blog Post: Ryan Seacrest Announces Draw Something 2 On Twitter

    This is not a Game Infarcer article. Ryan Seacrest did in fact announce Draw Something 2 on his Twitter account. "I somehow convinced them to give me #DrawSomething2 first," Seacrest's tweet reads. It could have something to do with Seacrest Productions, Embassy Row, and Sony Pictures Television... More
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