As part of its cost-cutting scheme, the weakening social gaming giant Zynga is officially ceasing to offer eleven of its games. This was announced by the company’s CEO, Mark Pincus.
Some of these games have already been removed from app stores whereas others have stopped accepting registrations and have closed or on their way to closing between this month and January. The list of games include Petville, Mafia Wars 2, Fishville, Vampire Wars, Treasure Isle, Indian Jones Adventure World, Mafia Wars Shakedown, Forestville, Montopia, Mojitomo, and Word Scramble Challenge.
The shutdown of the games has elicited many negative responses from the gamers on Facebook, some of whom have spent much time and/or money on the games.
One gamer says: “OH NO my Pet has gone,can’t even get into the game .All that time and effort that I put into feeding and clothie had.” Meanwhile, another gave a suggestion: “Zynga, please offer Petville players a chance to play this game elsewhere or charge us a fee to play. Simply deleting a game with many loyal players is disgusting. There would be thousands more people playing still if you hadn’t decided to drop support 1 1/2 years ago; even through the endless bugs many of us kept playing our favorite game.”
2012 has not been a good year for Zynga in general, after many of its gamers reportedly ditched the games for those offered by other mobile game developers.
The company was also believed to have made a bad move when it acquired the game developer OMGPop and the game Draw Something for large sums of money. Draw Something!, it would be noted, was a well-liked game, but its popularity eventually waned.
Zynga’s share price has fallen to only $2.33, marking a 3.52 percent decline from its IPO price of $10 in 2011.
Apart from shutting down games, Zynga has also closed offices and laid off over 100 employees.
Zynga to date continues to offer around 30 game titles, including Bubble Safari, Cityville, The Ville, Farmville 2, Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, Legends: Rise of a Hero, JamJam, Fashion Designer, Ruber Tacos, Ruby Blast, Go Slots, Castleville, and Chefville, among others. Zynga’s games are available on Android, iOS, Facebook, MySpace, some social media websites, and the Zynga official website.