Zynga, once the dominant name in games for Facebook thanks to titles like “Farmville” and “Draw Something,” has announced that it is firing 520 employees as part of its restructuring plans.
In a blog post, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus lamented: “None of us ever expected to face a day like today, especially when so much of our culture has been about growth. But I think we all know this is necessary to move forward.”
USA Today reported that the layoffs are in line with the company’s contraction as players are leaving for other games as well as an more crowded online game market.
AllThingsD predicted that Zynga is slated to close its offices in Los Angeles and New York City. One of the more notable victims of the Zynga layoffs is OMGPOP, creators of last year’s “it” smartphone game “Draw Something.” The company purchased OMGPOP for $200 million at the height of “Draw Something”’s popularity in early 2012, but the game tanked as soon as it peaked.
Ali Nicolas, OMGPOP’s former vice president of people, shared her sentiments of the Zynga layoffs on Twitter: “I learned via Facebook I was laid off today and @OMGPOP office is closed. Thanks @zynga for again reminding me how not to operate a business.”
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