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

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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 office who requested a transfer, and the overall impact of the consolidations on our team is minimal." Zynga Baltimore studio head Brian Reynolds announced his departure from the studio less than a month ago. The studio developed CityVille 2, which Zynga shut down earlier this month.

Zynga is making the changes "in an effort to leverage resources as we focus on creating franchises and driving profitability," explained Ko.

"These changes will further enable us to focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities," said Ko. "We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m confident that we’re on the right path to deliver on the potential of Zynga.

In a statement sent to Polygon, Ko said the aforementioned changes will result in layoffs of about 1 percent of the company's workforce, which amounts to approximately 30 employees.

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