Zynga

  • Zynga's FarmVille game coming to mobile this month; Poker, Words With Friends to get a facelift March 4, 2014

    San Francisco: Zynga Inc said on Monday it will kick off a soft launch of its "FarmVille 2: Country Escape" game and two other updated core titles before the end of March - critical first steps as it seeks to remake itself as a mobile gaming company. The games, which include...
  • Zynga's new CEO Don Mattrick to get pay package worth some $50 million July 4, 2013

    San Francisco: Don Mattrick, the head of Microsoft Corp's Xbox business who will replace Zynga Inc founder Mark Pincus as chief executive next week, will get a hefty, largely stock-based compensation package of about $50 million in coming years, the company said in a regulatory filing on Wednesday. In his first...
  • Zynga CEO Mark Pincus steps down, Microsoft Xbox head to take the post July 2, 2013

    New York: He's not heading out to pasture, but the CEO of "FarmVille" maker Zynga Inc. is stepping aside as the troubled online game company looks to revive itself and lift its stalled stock price. Mark Pincus will be replaced on Monday, July 8, by Don Mattrick, who was most recently...
  • Farmville-maker Zynga's CEO opts for annual salary of $1 this year April 5, 2013

    San Francisco: Zynga Inc's chief executive, Mark Pincus, has opted to receive an annual salary of just $1 this year and forgo all cash bonuses, the company said on Thursday. Pincus, who founded the social gaming company in 2007 and still maintains majority control, received a pay package of $1.7 million...
  • Zynga relaunches gaming site, loosens Facebook ties March 24, 2013

    San Francisco: Online game publisher Zynga Inc relaunched its website, allowing users to play its games without first signing on to Facebook, a significant step toward establishing its independence from Facebook Inc. The relaunch of Zynga.com is the latest step in the slow dissolution of a special partnership that once bound...
  • Zynga shuts down 11 Facebook games, including Petville, Mafia Wars 2 January 1, 2013

    San Francisco: Social games publisher Zynga Inc confirmed on Monday that it has carried out 11 of the planned shutdowns of 13 game titles, with "Petville" being the latest game on which it pulled the plug. Zynga in October said it would shut down 13 underperforming titles after warning that its...
  • Top 10 Facebook games of 2012 December 30, 2012

    SongPop (FreshPlanet) - The music trivia game SongPop was the crowd favourite this year.Dragon City (Social Point) -  The social mobile game Dragon City came in at second. It is a new game where you breed your own dragons and create a fantastic world of magical islands. You can also combat against your friends with you team of dragons. Join the fairytale fun and hatch a dragon egg.Bike Race (Top Free games) - Drive through amazing jumps and loops as fast as you can to beat your Facebook friends in this fast-paced physics-based racing game.
  • Facebook, Zynga renew partnership; Zynga shares slide November 30, 2012

    New York: Zynga shares tumbled nearly 13 per cent in after-hours trading Thursday after the online game company and Facebook disclosed that they changed their relationship status to become less attached to each other. Zynga said in a regulatory filing Thursday that it will no longer have to display Facebook ads...
  • Zynga CFO David Wehner leaves the company to join Facebook November 14, 2012

    New York: Zynga's finance chief is leaving the troubled online game company to join Facebook. San Francisco-based Zynga Inc. said that David Wehner will take a "senior finance position" at the social networking company. His exact title will be vice president of corporate finance and business planning, Facebook said. Chief accounting...
  • Anoymous threatens to shut down Zynga, Facebook on Nov 5 October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: After the gaming giant Zynga, known for Facebook games Farmville and Cityville, announced its plans to sack 5 per cent of its employees, the online hacktivist group Anonymous has threatned to take down Zynga and Facebook on November 5. Anonymous is targeting Zynga for the "outrageous treatment" of their...
  • Zynga to acquire A Bit Lucky to roll out more complex games September 18, 2012

    San Francisco: Zynga Inc will acquire A Bit Lucky, a digital gaming studio known for Facebook-based titles like "Lucky Train." Terms of the deal, announced on Monday, were not disclosed. Zynga said more than 20 A Bit Lucky employees, currently based in San Mateo, California, will join Zynga's San Francisco division. The acquisition...
  • Can 'FarmVille 2' save struggling Zynga? September 6, 2012

    San Francisco: Not long ago, online games company Zynga looked on pace to unseat much bigger, well-established rivals as it rode the popularity of "FarmVille," the clicking game of virtual cows and real money. But the iPad came along, and more people bought smartphones. People weren't playing Zynga's games on Facebook...
  • Electronic Arts sues Zynga, says it copied 'Sims' August 4, 2012

    San Francisco: Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc sued Zynga Inc on Friday, accusing the social gaming company of copying key elements of EA's The Sims Social game for Zynga's own title, The Ville. EA's lawsuit is the latest in a series of copycat accusations levelled against Zynga, a company that...
  • Zynga not ready to plunge into mobile July 11, 2012

    San Francisco: Zynga Inc CEO Mark Pincus said he remains wary of investing as heavily in mobile games as he has in proven Web-based titles like FarmVille despite an industrywide push toward catering to mobile devices. Game industry observers in recent months have stressed that developers must adapt as Internet users...
  • Zynga unveils a gamers' social network, new games June 27, 2012

    San Francisco: Zynga Inc unveiled a social network for gamers dubbed Zynga with Friends on Tuesday, hoping to wean itself from a longstanding, symbiotic relationship with Facebook Inc that has shaped two of Silicon Valley's closely watched Internet companies. The game publisher, which has been under pressure to reverse a steep...
  • Facebook expands ad business to Zynga's website June 23, 2012

    San Francisco: Facebook Inc has begun showing ads on Zynga Inc's website, the first time the company has distributed ads beyond the borders of its own website and raising the possibility that Facebook could eventually launch an online advertising network. "People may now see ads and sponsored stories from Facebook on...
  • 'Zynga buys OMGPOP games company for $200 mn' March 22, 2012

    San Francisco: Zynga Inc is buying OMGPOP, maker of the popular video game "Draw Something" for about $200 million in its biggest acquisition to date as the company moves to expand its lineup of games on mobile devices and Facebook. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that Zynga bought...
  • Can Zynga break free from Facebook? December 15, 2011

    New York: "We generate substantially all of our revenue and players through the Facebook platform and expect to continue to do so for the foreseeable future," Zynga wrote in its IPO prospectus. Technically, the admission is called a risk factor. But since Zynga, the wildly popular maker of mobile and social...
  • Zynga hopes to ward off rivals with games barrage October 12, 2011

    San Francisco: Zynga is betting a new crop of games and a self-run Internet service will help it fend off rivals and reduce its reliance on Facebook as it prepares to mount a hotly anticipated IPO. The company, which now dominates social gaming with aging titles like FarmVille, announced a slate...
  • Enrique Iglesias spices up Zynga's 'CityVille' September 30, 2011

    New York: Pop stars are lining up to make their debut in Facebook games from online game maker Zynga. First came Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga. Next week, an avatar of singer Enrique Iglesias will join CityVille, Zynga's most popular title. Starting Tuesday, CityVille players on Facebook will be able to interact...
  • Zynga sued over patent infringement August 18, 2011

    New York: Zynga Inc., the maker of popular online games such as FarmVille and CityVille, is being sued for patent infringement by a Texas gaming startup. Agincourt claims Zynga is violating two of its patents related to systems for redeeming prizes in games. The patents were awarded in 2001 and...
  • Google adds games in another move on Facebook August 12, 2011

    San Francisco: Internet search leader Google Inc is bringing a little more gamesmanship to its duel with Facebook. Just like they have been doing for years on Facebook's website, Web surfers will now be able to play games with their friends and family on Google's blossoming social networking service. Google's expansion...
  • Zynga files for IPO, surfs Facebook wave July 2, 2011

    New York: Zynga Inc, developer of popular Facebook games such as FarmVille and Mafia Wars, could be the best proxy for investing in Facebook until the world's largest social network goes public itself. Zynga filed with regulators on Friday for an initial public offering of up to $1 billion, emphasising that...
  • San Francisco hopes tech boom isn't Bubble 2.0 April 11, 2011

    San Francisco: A certain feeling is back in San Francisco. Murmurings of stock market riches. Twenty-something entrepreneurs as celebrities. Lamborghinis parked next to taco trucks. Driven by social media and mobile startups, the money is flowing in the city's tech industry again, a decade after the dot-com boom minted overnight millionaires...
  • Zynga's RewardVille can get you (more) hooked March 22, 2011

    New York: Beware, if you're among the hordes who wonder where the time went after becoming absorbed in online games such as FarmVille and CityVille. Zynga, the hot Internet startup that created those ever-engrossing pastimes, is introducing another reason to goof off. The lure this time is RewardVille, a show of...
  • Play Facebook games to help Japan quake victims March 14, 2011

    New Delhi: Now every time you buy special crops on Farmville, someone in disaster-hit Japan might get much-needed succour. In a unique initiative, eight online games on Facebook are raising funds for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami-hit island nation. The initiative is a result of partnership between NGO Save...
  • The new reality of gaming December 2, 2010

    New Delhi: Today’s most popular games have you tilling your farm, hiring waiting staff and devising menus for your restaurant or taking your pets out for walks while maintaining cordial relations with the neighbours. Reality it would seem is the new escapism. Farming, running a restaurant or keeping a pet are...
  • Enough 'Farmville'? Facebook revamps game updates September 23, 2010

    New York: More than 200 million people play games on Facebook each month. This means about 300 million members of the world's largest online social network don't. To ensure that those who love Farmville and those who can't stand the constant invitations to play can stay friends, Facebook is making some...
  • Yahoo's latest import: online games from Zynga May 27, 2010

    San Francisco: Yahoo Inc. is leaning on one of the Internet's cool kids in an effort to be more chic. This time, Yahoo is teaming with Zynga, a rapidly growing startup that makes several popular online games, including "Farmville," "Mafia Wars" and "Fishville," that have been primarily distributed through Facebook. All...