Zynga Closes Baltimore Office, Consolidates Workers In Texas, NYC

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Faltering social game giant Zynga is busily cutting costs, this time at the expense of its now closed Baltimore studio. The company on Monday also announced plans to consolidate its New York City and Texas offices.

As previously reported Zynga has closed its Boston and Tokyo locations, laying off 5 percent of its overall workforce.

Zynga’s original closures allowed the social gaming developer to save $25 million in the last quarter of 2012.

This time around Zynga is consolidating its McKinney, Texas office which arrived via the company’s Newtoy acquisition in 2010. Approximately 30 employees from the McKinney office will move to Dallas.

Zynga purchased Newtoy in order to take over its ‘With Friends’ gaming line. Last year “With Friends’ founders Paul and David Bettner left Zynga.

The gaming company’s New York City offices in the meantime are being moved to a mobile studio in the city.

Zynga chief operations officer David Ko said in a statement:

“In an effort to leverage resources as we focus on creating franchises and driving profitability, Zynga has made changes to four of our US offices. We are closing the McKinney, Texas and downtown Austin offices and relocating those teams near-by to our existing Dallas and North Austin offices. And, we will be consolidating our NYC offices to move staff to our NYC mobile studio. Also, as a part of today’s changes, the Baltimore studio will be closed. While these decisions are always difficult, these steps will affect approximately 1% of our workforce and enable us to focus our resources on the most significant growth opportunities.”

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Author: James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.


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