Articles with the tag Zynga

Bang With Friends Renamed ‘Down’ After Zynga Lawsuit

Bang With Friends, the controversial app that lets you know which Facebook friends are up for, well, you know, has rebranded itself to Down. In July, social gaming company Zynga filed a trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of “With Friends.” Nearly two months after the lawsuit was filed, Bang With Friends reached a settlement […]

Zynga Co-Founder Justin Waldron Quits, Posts Facebook Farewell

Justin Waldron helped create Zynga and now six and a half years later the company’s co-founder is exiting the social gaming firm. On Wednesday night Waldron posted a message on his personal Facebook account. In his farewell post Waldron called his time at Zynga “magical” while praising the company’s employees. Waldron didn’t take any time […]

The Rise And Fall Of Zynga: Users Disappear As Revenue Plummets

At the height of its success in 2012 social gaming network Zynga commanded the attention of 306 million users. By June 2013 the social gaming networks user base had plummeted to 187 million monthly active users. Based on those numbers Zynga’s daily active users was halved from 72 million in June 2012 to 39 million […]

Bang With Friends Responds To Zynga Lawsuit, Also They’re Hiring

Our pals at Bang With Friends are no strangers to controversy, but Zynga’s trademark infringement lawsuit (read about it here) has them scratching their heads, too. Mostly because it’s over probably the least controversial thing about them. Long story short, Zynga is suing Bang With Friends over the “With Friends” part of their brand, because […]

Zynga Sues Bang With Friends, Claims Trademark Infringement

You can’t do anything “with Friends” unless you get permission from the blowhards at Zynga. The stupendously failing company has filed a lawsuit against the creators of Bang with Friends. Zynga claims that Bang With Friends is in direct violation of the company’s “with Friends” trademark. In the complaint Zynga lawyers says the company chose […]

Zynga CEO Mark Pincus Demoted As Company Troubles Continue

Mark Pincus may have founded Zynga but his days as the CEO of the faltering social gaming company have come to an end. Pincus on Monday revealed that he has stepped down as the company’s CEO and will instead take over as Chief Product Officer. Taking over for Pincus is 49-year-old Don Mattrick. Launched in […]

Rob Dyer Leaves Zynga As Company Shakeup Continues

Rob Dyer, head of the Zynga Partners program has quit the company he joined in November 2011. Dyer was responsible for cultivating partnerships with external development teams. Dyer was also in control of launching titles, monetizing games, and marketing new releases. Dyer is just one of a handful of Zynga executives who have left the […]

Laid-Off Zynga Employee Dishes Company’s Dirty Secrets To Reddit

A recently fired Zynga employee was handed his walking papers via a form letter that was simple addressed to “Departing Employee” and now that work is opening up about Zynga and its “terrible” business strategy. With Zynga recently reducing nearly 20 percent of its workforce we knew it was only a matter of time before […]

The Ties That Bind Are No More, Zynga Removes Facebook Login Requirement

Remember when we use to believe that Facebook and Zynga would be besties for life? Those days are over. A few months ago Zynga and Facebook renegotiated their contract, a move that allowed other social gaming platforms to play on an even keel with the social gaming giant. This week Zynga removed the Facebook log-in […]

Zynga Closes Baltimore Office, Consolidates Workers In Texas, NYC

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. […]

‘FarmVille’ Animated Series Could Be Headed To The Small Screen

Zynga’s popular social game FarmVille could be headed to the small screen in the near future. Brett Ratner, the director responsible for such films as Rush Hour, Red Dragon, and The Tower Heist, will produce the televised version of the farming simulation. The filmmaker is reportedly working alongside Canadian production company Six Eleven Media to […]

Zynga Beats Wall Street Expectations, Stock Jumps 6%

Zynga posted better-than-expected earnings and revenue for Q4. News of the company’s increased performance helped shares jump by 6%. The social gaming network reported earnings per share of $0.01 on revenue of $311.2 million in the December quarter. Wall Street analysts had estimated an EPS of -$0.03 on revenue of $212 million. Instead Zynga reported […]

Zynga Ditching Three More Games, CityVille 2 On The Chopping Block

Social gaming company Zynga has announced plans to shut down three more games – City Ville 2, Party Friends and The Friend Game. While may users may not have heard about Party Friends and The Friend Game, CityVille 2 was the successor of the popular CityVille title, one of Zynga’s biggest hits of all-time. According […]

Zynga’s Chief Game Designer Brian Reynolds Quits

Brian Reynolds, the chief game designer at social gaming network Zynga has called it quits. Reynolds’ resignation was first reported by Polygon. While Reynold’s reason for leaving the company was not made immediately clear, President of games Steve Chiang released the following statement: “Brian has a long history in the game industry and has been […]

King Overtakes Zynga To Become Facebook’s Top Game Provider

King.com has become the number one social gaming provider on Facebook, overtaking reigning champion Zynga. According to independent analytics firm AppData, King.com managed to rack up three games in Facebook’s top 10 for January 2013. Taking the top spot is Candy Crush Saga, a Bejeweled-style game with multi-player support. The No. 1 game launched in […]

Zynga Shuts Down PetVille, 10 Other Games

In an attempt to cut costs at his faltering social gaming behemoth Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has announced plans to shutter 11 of the company’s worse performing games. Effectively immediately the company’s closed titles include: PetVille – Shut down December 30th Mafia Wars 2 – Shut down December 30th FishVille – Shut down December 5th […]

Zynga Signs New Facebook Deal, Loses Preferential Treatment

Facebook and Zynga have formed a new deal that removes Zynga’s preferential treatment status while allowing it to more openly sell its own games outside of FB terms. Essentially Zynga is now held to the same exact standards as other social gaming company’s that utilize the Facebook platform. Under the former agreement Facebook promised not […]

Zynga Shakeup Sees CFO David Wehner Exit As Others Receive Promotions

Big shakeups at social gaming company Zynga on Tuesday as CFO David Wehner announced his exit from the company and several other executives moved up the ranks. Wehner on Tuesday announced that he was taking a senior finance position at Facebook. Wehner will be replaced by Chief Accounting Officer Mark Vranesh. Vranesh is stepping back […]

Anonymous Shutting Down Facebook Today [Rumor]

Remember, remember, the 5th of November. Hactivist group Anonymous is rumored to be targeting the social media giant Facebook today, which, V for Vendetta fans may recall, is the 5th of November, aka Guy Fawkes Day, which commemorates the infamous 1600s “Gunpowder Plot.” Anonymous is reportedly threatening to take down Facebook unless Zynga walks back […]