Zynga Kills 11 Games After Terrible Year
Farewell to FishVille as battered firm cuts costs
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2012 1:45 AM CST
Zynga CEO Mark Pincus walks off the stage after an announcement at Zynga headquarters in San Francisco.    (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, fIle)

(Newser) – Social media gaming titan Zynga has whacked Mafia Wars 2, put down PetVille, and fried FishVille as part of a cost-cutting drive. The company is shutting down a total of 11 games, closing offices, and laying off more than 100 employees as it seeks to recover from a disastrous year that saw its stock price plummet to $2.33 from its $10 IPO price, TechCrunch reports.

While Zynga still has more than 30 games to offer, including hits like CityVille and FarmVille, and analysts say it had no choice but to shed some dead wood, pulling the plug on the 11 titles has caused a major backlash. Some players had spent thousands of hours and lots of real money on the games. Zynga has offered those players virtual currency to use in its other games, but some—especially those lamenting the loss of their virtual pets—have vowed to steer clear of the company's games in future.

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Yourself
Dec 31, 2012 1:17 PM CST
people need to get a life, a real one, not some lame ass virtual life that is dictated by someone at a corporation.. pathetic bunch of losers.
InferiorToYou
Dec 31, 2012 8:18 AM CST
What am I going to do with all those virtual dog shit bags i bought from them?
DougMasters
Dec 31, 2012 7:03 AM CST
"company is shutting down a total of 11 games, closing offices, and laying off more than 100 employees as it seeks to recover from a disastrous year that saw its stock price plummet to $2.33 from its $10 IPO price" Well, what did you think was going to happen. Facebook and mobile games are fun dont get me wrong. My wife and I like playing words with friends but this is a society where everyone has a Wii and a 360, or Wii and PS3, or all three. Not including the DS and even home made classic portables, those are stellar fun to make btw. Did you think, people were going to loyally split and redefine their time to play only your, overly cartoony games all day? Every Day?