It seems that whenever Zynga is brought up nowadays, it’s never a good sign. Last month, the creators of Words With Friends left the company. Now, probably the biggest blow to the ailing social gaming company in quite a while – the company is laying off 100 employees from its Austin studio (around 5% of the overall development staff), closing down its Boston Studio, and ending support for 13 unspecified games. Studios in Japan and the UK are also being considered for the chopping block.
The news comes (via Digital Spy) as a memo from Zynga CEO Mark Pincus leaked onto the internet, detailing the closures and layoffs. Describing his actions, Pincus writes “These reductions, along with our ongoing efforts to implement more stringent budget and resource allocation around new games and partner projects, will improve our profitability and allow us to reinvest in great games and our Zynga network on web and mobile.”. There’s set to be more internal meetings within the next week and months to come, so it’ll be interesting to see the future of the ailing company.
Regardless of what you think of the company, it’s awful to hear that it’s in such a state – to the point where hard working people have lost their jobs and dev teams shutting down. Hopefully those people can find themselves back on their feet and back into a job.