Zynga games Treasure Isle and FishVille will be the first of 13 games to be shut down, according to announcements made on their respective Facebook pages.
Back in October Zynga CEO Mark Pincus sent an internal memo to employees detailing a 5 percent cut in staff numbers, the closure of its Boston studio and that 13 underperforming games would be shut down.
On Friday a message was posted both on the FishVille and Treasure Isle Facebook pages announcing the end of both games. The message is below.
Thank you for supporting FishVille and for being a loyal player! We're sorry to inform you that FishVille will be shutting down on December 5, 2012. In place of FishVille, we encourage you to play other Zynga games like Castleville, Chefville, Farmville 2, Mafia Wars and Yoville.
We appreciate your participation in FishVille as it helped make the game a fun place to meet with friends. As a loyal FishVille player, you are eligible for a one-time, complimentary bonus package in one of either Castleville, or Chefville, or Farmville 2, or Mafia Wars or Yoville. You can start the process by clicking the Redeem button in game when you log in. Please note that this offer will be valid only until December 5, 2012.
Log in: http://zynga.tm/fMv
Thank you for your time in FishVille. We look forward to seeing you again in other Zynga games.
The FishVille Team
Pincus did not announce which other games would be shuttered. Zynga launched the sequel to CityVille – one of its most-played games – last week. CityVille 2 is now playable on Facebook.