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Zynga closing OMGPOP site and four games by Sept. 30

Zynga will close OMGPOP.com Sept. 30 after ending four games on the site Aug. 29, according to a pair of announcements posted recently on its support website. On Aug. 29, Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ and Snoops will each be shut down. About a month later, on Sept. 30, OMGPOP.com will officially shutter. The decision to close the late Draw Something developer's website will have no effect on Draw Something, Draw Something 2 or Draw My Thing, according to Zynga. "We regret that this decision will affect some of our players, but we invite you to visit Zynga.com and try some of our other games," both updates read. Zynga acquired OMGPOP in March 2012. The developer's former chief revenue officer, Wilson Kriegel, departed in Sept. 2012, while former CEO Dan Porter left in...

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Zynga reportedly closes Draw Something developer OMGPOP

Following earlier reports that social game developer Zynga is closing its Los Angeles, Dallas and New York-based studios, the company reportedly shuttered Draw Something developer OMGPOP as a result. OMGPOP was considered Zynga New York when it was acquired by Zynga for $183 million in March, 2012. Several OMGPOP employees, such as community manager Joseph Alminawi and VP of outreach Ali Nicolas, today tweeted about the studio's closure and the resulting layoffs. The official OMGPOP twitter account also stated: "While this is the last day at @zynga for many @omgpop staff, we want to thank you for all love and awesomeness over the years!" The layoffs across the three Zynga locations affects 520 employees. According to an earlier report, Zynga LA-developed Empires & Allies is scheduled...

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Channel 4 to air a game show based on Draw Something

Zynga, Channel 4 and Victory Television have teamed up to develop Draw It!, an upcoming TV game show based on Draw Something, according to a press release obtained by VG24/7. In Draw It!, two teams of two, each of which includes one celebrity, will square off over three rounds, earning "gold coins" for correctly identifying drawings. The winner will team up with both celebrities in the final round, where they must guess five correct drawings in 90 seconds. If they fail, the cash prize rolls over to the next episode. "We're very excited to work with Channel 4 to produce a brand new show inspired by one of the biggest hits in app history to date," said Victoria Ashbourne, Victory Television's managing director. "There's a creative side to everyone, sometimes more obvious than others,...

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Zynga closing Baltimore studio and two others, 'consolidating' New York offices

Zynga is is closing its Baltimore studio, as well as its locations in Austin and McKinney, Texas, and consolidating its New York offices, said chief operating officer David Ko in a statement on the Zynga Blog. The Austin and McKinney teams are being relocated to Zynga's offices in Dallas and North Austin, Texas. Zynga is consolidating its New York staff into its mobile studio, which consists of Draw Something developer OMGPOP and Monsterz Revenge studio Astro Ape. Zynga's McKinney, Texas, studio was formerly Newtoy Inc., the company that developed the With Friends games, including Words With Friends. Franchise co-creators Paul and David Bettner left the studio last fall. Ko said the Baltimore studio is being shuttered, but added, "We were able to relocate everyone in the Baltimore...

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App Store names its 'Best of 2012' games for iPhone and iPad

Apple has selected what it calls the year's best releases for iOS, naming platformer Rayman Jungle Run and puzzle game The Room the best iPhone and iPad games of 2012, respectively. Multiplayer word game Letterpress for iPhone and space adventure Waking Mars for iPad were named as game of the year runners-up, with the editors at the App Store highlighting other key 2012 releases in various categories. The App Store also gives a shout out to some iOS "Hidden Games" from 2012, including Nihilumbra, The Sandbox, Triple Town, Sir Benfro's Brilliant Balloon Games, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective and Wizorb for iPhone and Eufloria HD, Gasketball and Incoboto for iPad. The Best of 2012 list names iOS titles like The Walking Dead, The World Ends With You: Solo Remix and Bastion as "Showpiece...

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SongPop is 2012's top-rated social game on Facebook

Music trivia game SongPop came in at the top of Facebook's list of the highest-rated social games of 2012, the company announced yesterday. According to New York-based developer FreshPlanet, SongPop has been downloaded by more than 60 million players, and it leads every other app in driving song purchases from Facebook to iTunes. The 25 games on the list reflect a few important trends in social games, said Julien Cordoniou, head of gaming partnerships for Facebook in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "It was the most diverse and global year for social games to date — for those on Facebook.com, as well as games built with Facebook for iPhone, iPad and Android," according to Cordoniou. Part of that diversity is geographical: The majority of games on the list were developed outside...

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Donate to Toys for Tots when you buy a FarmVille horse or CastleVille candy cane

Zynga is launching an in-game charity drive called Oh, What Fun! that will raise funds for Toys for Tots, the social gaming giant announced today. The program — which runs from today, Nov. 28, through Dec. 31 — allows players to contribute to Toys for Tots by buying in-game items or sending a donation via text message, with 100 percent of the cost going directly to the organization. It will roll out in the following seven Zynga games over the next few weeks: FarmVille: Nov. 28 to Dec. 5 Farmers send your neighbors some holiday cheer with the cheer-ewe-up horse ($1) and in return receive a festive holiday teddy tree to decorate your farm. CityVille: Nov. 29 to Dec. 31 Deck your city halls by completing toy crafting quests where you make, wrap and sell gifts to kids for the holiday,...

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Zynga CEO struggles to save company

In the midst of drastic changes and losses, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus is feeling "the turmoil" of his plummeting company, a director on Apple's board, Bill Campbell, told the Wall Street Journal. Speaking with the publication, Campbell said Pincus "was discouraged" and near tears, but open to advice. The two men met back in September to discuss the company's recent downturn. Zynga has lost several employees, including its chief creative officer, chief technology officer of infrastructure, a senior director of engineering and several more over the last three months. In addition to heavy financial losses, Zynga's stock has plunged 75 percent since last December. Problems started to surface in April, when Zynga's newly acquired Draw Something began to lose players. Zynga's online games had...

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Zynga reports $52.7 million loss for third quarter

Zynga released its full third quarter earnings today, posting a $52.7 million net loss for the quarter ending Sept. 30 which includes an impairment charge of $95.5 million related to the purchase of Draw Something developer OMGPOP. In 2012, Zynga reports it has posted total losses of more than $160 million. Revenue for Zynga's third quarter was $316.6 million, up just 3 percent from the same quarter last year. During Q3 2012, Zynga says that its daily active users, monthly active users and monthly unique users were all up year-over-year. Monthly unique paying customers decreased from 4.1 million in the second quarter of 2012 to 3 million in the third quarter, largely driven by a drop in Draw Something. Zynga also announced today that its board of directors has authorized a share...

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Zynga and Hasbro partnership yields board game mash-ups like Cityville Monopoly

Zynga and toy company Hasbro have partnered up to create board games based on several of the game developer's more popular properties, merging them with well-known titles like Monopoly and Hungry Hungry Hippos, Hasbro revealed. The company's Zynga-themed offerings include Cityville Monopoly, Farmville Hungry Hungry Herd, Draw Something, and Words With Friends formatted like classic Scrabble. Most games will come with digital values that contribute to players' online or mobile gaming experiences, such as redeemable Farm Cash for use in Facebook social title Farmville. "Gaming brings people together, especially during the holidays, and we can't wait to offer friends and families even more great options to play," Hasbro vice president Eric Nyman said in a press release. "Our hope is to...

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  • iOS
    • Released 02/24/2012
    • Publisher OMGPOP
    • Developer OMGPOP
  • Android
    • Released 02/24/2012
    • Publisher OMGPOP
    • Developer OMGPOP
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