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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 Coming to TV

Brett Ratner to produce half-hour cartoon

(Newser) - FarmVille might be ready for its overalls-clad close-up. Director Brett Ratner, of Rush Hour and Prison Break fame, has signed on to produce a half-hour animated show based on Zynga's popular game, the Wall Street Journal reports. The series will be produced with Canadian production company Six Eleven Media.... More »

Zynga Kills 11 Games After Terrible Year

Farewell to FishVille as battered firm cuts costs

(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... More »

Zynga Churns Out 3 More 'Ville' Titles

Gaming firm looks to restore stock price

(Newser) - Tired of FarmVille? Never fear: Amid reports of departing users, Zynga is releasing three new potential addictions. The Ville, by the guy who brought you CityVille and FarmVille, is a lot like the Sims doused in Facebook updates. ChefVille offers a restaurant environment, and FarmVille 2 takes the franchise 3-D,... More »

No Pop in Zynga's IPO

Opens at $11 a share, then sinks below IPO price of $10

(Newser) - Maybe it's not such a great day to live in Farmville after all. Zynga's much ballyhooed IPO took a turn for the negative this morning. Though things seemed encouraging out the gate—shares opened on Nasdaq a dollar above its $10 initial public offering price—they sank below... More »

Farmville Maker Zynga's IPO Pegs Value at $7B

Company sets shares at $10

(Newser) - Tomorrow should be a pretty good day to live in Farmville: Creator Zynga begins trading publicly on the Nasdaq exchange under the ticker ZNGA, and the company has set the price for the 100 million shares being sold at $10, reports MarketWatch . That would peg the market value of Zynga... More »

IPO Values Zynga at $9B

Farmville firm to sell 11.1% stake

(Newser) - Online gaming company Zynga is preparing an IPO that values the company at between $7.7 billion and $9.04 billion. The Farmville firm is selling an 11.1% stake, with 100 million shares going for between $8.50 and $10 each. The figures put Zynga on track to raise... More »

Hollywood's Latest Idea: FarmVille the Movie

Writers of 'Toy Story' say they're in talks with Zynga

(Newser) - If you're among the legions of people coping with FarmVille addicts, well, prepare for a new assault on humanity: The writers behind Toy Story tell IGN that they're working with videogame giant Zynga to bring FarmVille to the big screen: "We're in conversations with Zynga to... More »

Zynga's $1B IPO Mentions Facebook 200 Times

Filing makes clear that growth is tied to the site

(Newser) - Farmville may be booming, but the game's success hinges precariously in a co-op with Facebook. Zynga—the company behind the social-gaming phenomenon—filed for a $1 billion IPO today, and the language in the document mentions Facebook more than 200 times, points out Fast Company . It's a warning... 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 »

Hear New Gaga Tunes... Only on FarmVille

Singer's 'GagaVille' farm will release exclusive tracks

(Newser) - Gaga for Gaga? It’s time to start a virtual farm. Lady Gaga is releasing exclusive new tracks from her album via a special “GagaVille” estate in FarmVille, the AP reports. Players of the online game must accomplish certain tasks to hear one new song per day between May... More »

UK Offers FarmVille ... on Actual Farm

Please, try not to kill the cows

(Newser) - Addicted to FarmVille? Now you can play the game on an actual farm—without leaving home. Britain’s National Trust is offering up an estate to be run by gamers, using a program called MyFarm . Users—there’s room for 10,000—make choices on which crops to plant, what... More »

FarmVille CEO Gets Restraining Order on Stalker

Former Russian stripper repeatedly visited his home

(Newser) - Another scary story under the category of tech entreprenuer stalkers : Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, head of the company that unleashed FarmVille and its offshoots on the world, had to get a restraining order last month against a female stalker, reports Business Insider . A judge agreed that Vera Svechina, described as... More »

'Facebook Credits' to Be Mandatory for Games

Developers told to use credits as exclusive payment starting July 1

(Newser) - Kiss your Farmville Coins goodbye. Facebook is telling game developers that in 5 months they’ll be required to use Facebook Credits as their only means of charging users for their games, TechCrunch reports. Developers could theoretically still create in-game currencies like the aforementioned Farm Coins, but users would have... More »

Urban Sprawl: CityVille Tops FarmVille

Zynga's monster logs 72.5M uniques in its first month

(Newser) - Zynga is officially taking over the planet, having converted millions of functioning human beings into game-playing zombies in the first month of its latest release alone, reports TechCrunch . CityVille, oddly reminiscent of the Sims, has logged a whopping 72.5 million monthly unique visitors since its launch Dec. 2—eclipsing... More »

Howdy, Crazy FarmVille Addicts: Here's a New Vice

It's called CityVille, and Zynga has high hopes for it

(Newser) - Maybe there are people out there who don't know someone who is batspit crazy about FarmVille, and those people should count their blessings. For the rest of us, Zynga is in the next few weeks rolling out its newest iteration of online game crack, ingeniously titled CityVille. You guessed it:... More »

Facebook's No. 2 App Is a Surprise

Trailing Farmville is ... Microsoft's Live Messenger

(Newser) - The main finding of a recent survey of Facebook apps is not at all surprising: FarmVille remains the most popular application, with more than 16 million users logging in daily to tend their virtual crops. Plenty of other games populate the top 10. The occupant of the No. 2 slot,... More »

Mom Kills Baby for Interrupting Farmville

3-month-old cried as Florida mom tended Facebook farm

(Newser) - A Florida woman who killed her baby when his crying interrupted work on her virtual farm on Facebook has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Alexandra Tobias, 22, told investigators that she shook her 3-month-old baby boy because he was crying as she played Farmville, the Times-Union reports. She may have... More »

Woman Sues Farmville Over Privacy, Keeps Playing

Litigant not outraged enough to abandon farm

(Newser) - A California woman was so disturbed by a Wall Street Journal article on how Farmville supposedly invades your privacy that she sued Zynga, makers of the popular Facebook game. The article says the game provides advertisers and Internet tracking companies with user IDs, though the Daily Intel blog at New ... More »

Facebook Apps Are Leaking Your Personal Data

Company 'working to fix problem'

(Newser) - Your oh-so-strict Facebook privacy settings aren't necessarily protecting you: Many popular Facebook applications have been transmitting identifying information to dozens of firms, a Wall Street Journal investigation has discovered. It's an issue that affects ten of millions of users and one that breaks the company's own rules about privacy. A... More »

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