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Hard-Hit Zynga Laying Off 18% of Workers

FarmVille maker struggles with rise in mobile gaming

(Newser) - Hard times have hit Zynga, maker of hit social games like Mafia Wars and FarmVille—as well as numerous other now-closed duds . The company, which was blindsided by the steep rise in mobile gaming and corresponding desktop decline, is laying off 18% of its workforce, around 520 people, All Things... More »

FarmVille Maker Zynga Planning IPO

Zynga poised to go public

(Newser) - Social gaming juggernaut Zynga is poised to turn all those virtual cows and chickens into billions of real dollars through an initial public offering, sources tell All Things Digital. The company—which says its has around 250 million people a month playing Facebook games like FarmVille, CityVille, and Mafia Wars—... More »

Instead of Murder, Couple Finds Love on 'Mafia Wars'

(Newser) - If you think online videogames are only for undateable nerdy guys, the story of John Sweeney and Joanne Doan might change your mind. The pair met while playing their favorite Facebook game, Mafia Wars, and turned their online game sessions into real-life love, reports. And, yes, the wedding... More »

Google Takes on Facebook With Games

Watch out, FarmVille

(Newser) - Google wants to get in on FarmVille and Mafia Wars. The search engine giant's latest run at rival Facebook is an attempt to get a piece of the social gaming pie. Google recently took a financial stake in a social game developer, and is reportedly in talks with other online... More »

Lady Gaga Beats Obama to 10M Facebook Fans

Singer beats president to milestone

(Newser) - More than 10 million Facebook users are fans of Lady Gaga, making her the first living person to reach the eight-digit reaches of global popularity, Us reports . Michael Jackson, Family Guy, Texas Hold 'Em, and Mafia Wars are the only other entities with 10 million fans. Even President Obama has... More »

FarmVille, Mafia Wars Coming to Yahoo

Virtual worlds get a huge new userbase

(Newser) - Fans of FarmVille and Mafia Wars will soon have a huge new virtual world to conquer. Zynga, creator of the Facebook sensations, has struck a deal to make the games available on Yahoo's homepage and games section, reports Mashable . That will give Zynga a new potential userbase of about 600... More »

Average Social Gamer: 43-Year-Old Woman

Forget those old stereotypes of teens in the basement

(Newser) - Next time someone complains about how much time kids these days waste playing online games, bust out the results of this study: the average player is a 43-year-old woman. And they play a lot. The exploding popularity on Facebook and other sites of titles such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, and... More »

Facebook Sees Big Bucks in Virtual Goods

Social networking site wants a cut of gaming transactions

(Newser) - Gaming is blowing up on Facebook, and the social networking site hopes to take a cut of the very real revenue generated by virtual interactions. Analysts think credits and other services bought to enhance the likes of “Farmville” and “Mafia Wars” will be trading at a clip of... More »

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