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Zynga Platform Gets Three Big Allies Zynga Platform Gets Three Big Allies

We reported last week on Zynga launching a new social gaming platform appropriately titled the Zynga Platform. At the time, they only had a few small partners who would be bringing their games to the newly christened social games portal. …

Zynga Stock Downgraded By JP Morgan Zynga Stock Downgraded By JP Morgan

On the heels of Zynga’s announcement that they were in the beta stage of the “Zynga Platform,” the Wall Street Journal is reporting that JP Morgan is downgrading their rating to neutral due to an “increased investor focus on social …

Facebook Paid Developers Over $1.4 Billion Last Year Facebook Paid Developers Over $1.4 Billion Last Year

By now most people know that a huge chunk of Facebook’s revenue comes from the apps – primarily games – that the social network’s users can add to their accounts. Facebook has dramatically increased the amount of money and personnel …

Zynga To Launch Dedicated Social Gaming Platform Zynga To Launch Dedicated Social Gaming Platform

If you’re tired of playing Zynga games on Facebook or smartphones, then the social game company has the perfect solution. Zynga announced today the launch of the creatively titled Zynga Platform, which will be a new social games portal for …

Eat Cheetos, Win FarmVille Items with Zynga/Frito-Lay Promotion Eat Cheetos, Win FarmVille Items with Zynga/Frito-Lay Promotion
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The next bag of Funyuns you buy might earn you a Spring Llama in FarmVille. Players of three of Zynga’s most popular social games are about to be rewarded for snacking on Cheetos, Ruffles, Dortios, and Lays. Frito-Lay and Zynga …

Real Online Gambling for Zynga Games? Real Online Gambling for Zynga Games?

According to Business Insider, Mark Pincus, CEO of social gaming company Zynga, said at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference, that online gambling and Zynga’s games are a “natural fit.” “I think it’s a good natural fit. I …

Zynga Changes The Game On Cloud Computing Zynga Changes The Game On Cloud Computing

While Zynga’s games may look simplistic, there’s a lot of power and technology behind their games. Zynga detailed the evolution of their zCloud servers that host all of their games yesterday. It’s a fascinating look at the technology behind the …

Facebook Social Games Breakdown [Infographic] Facebook Social Games Breakdown [Infographic]

Social gaming like Words With Friends, FarmVille and Mafia Wars is big business. An infographic released by Prism Online Casino explores Facebook social games, particularly the reasons why each are so popular. Among the observations are that people are into …

Zynga Earnings Released [Infographic] Zynga Earnings Released [Infographic]

Online gaming giant, Zynga, released their fourth quarter and year-end earnings report on Valentines Day. That report, made easy-to-understand by the info graphic below, revealed some interesting things about Zynga. In 2011, Zynga generated $1.14 Billion in revenue. Zynga paid …

Brazilian Developer Vostu Lays Off Staff After Zynga Lawsuit Brazilian Developer Vostu Lays Off Staff After Zynga Lawsuit

Zynga has been accused of being a copycat, but there are copycats of Zynga as well. Zynga doesn’t take too kindly to being copied. TechCruch is reporting that Brazilian social games developer, Vostu, has laid off a portion of its …

Zynga Earnings: Revenue Up 91% in 2011 Zynga Earnings: Revenue Up 91% in 2011

Zynga just released its Q4 and full-year earnings report. Revenue was up 91% year-over-year to $1.14 billion in 2011. Online game revenue was $1.07 billion, an increase of 85% year-over-year. Ad revenue was $74.5 million, an increase of 226% year-over-year. …

Valentine’s Day Tip: Words With Friends Prowess Increases Your Chance Of A Hookup Valentine’s Day Tip: Words With Friends Prowess Increases Your Chance Of A Hookup

If you’re a Words With Friends or Scramble With Friends player, you might have already seen a little push by Zynga to get you to play their (already widely popular) games. Beginning a couple of days ago, Zynga began pushing …

Zynga Sued Over Patent Infringement By Small Tech Company Zynga Sued Over Patent Infringement By Small Tech Company
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Zynga is being taken to court, but not over their games – it’s over patents. Personalized Media Communications filed a patent suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Zynga. They claim that the social …

Zynga, Hasbro Partner To Make FarmVille Toys A Reality Zynga, Hasbro Partner To Make FarmVille Toys A Reality

The people behind FarmVille, Words With Friends, and Mafia Wars are teaming up with the people behind Transformers, Nerf, and My Little Pony to produce a line of real-life toys and games based on the popular social games. The two …

Statista Reveals Tech Company Earnings Per Employee Statista Reveals Tech Company Earnings Per Employee

Statista has come out with some interesting new figures about how much money a company generates per employee based on their reported figures. I know this is the technology age, but these figures are huge! Below are the bar graphs …

Former Zynga Engineer: They Don’t Care About Fun, Focus Everything On Big “Whale” Spenders Former Zynga Engineer: They Don’t Care About Fun, Focus Everything On Big “Whale” Spenders
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I’ll start this out the way that it really should be started – with a warning to have your grain of salt ready. From the some-guy-is-bashing-his-former-company-on-reddit files, it appears that Zynga focuses the large majority of their attention on folks …

Zynga Defends Game Development Strategy Zynga Defends Game Development Strategy
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As we reported last week, Zynga was accused of straight up stealing the ideas in Tiny Tower for their new game Dream Heights. Zynga CEO Mark Pincus wrote an internal memo defending their style of game development. That memo has …

Facebook: Zynga Accounts For 12 Percent Of Our Revenue Facebook: Zynga Accounts For 12 Percent Of Our Revenue
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Zynga is obviously important to Facebook, but we never knew how important until Facebook’s S-1 filing yesterday. In the document, it’s said that Zynga accounted for approximately 12 percent of Facebook’s revenue last year. Facebook made most of its money …

Tiny Tower Dev Calls Out Zynga For Copying Their Game Tiny Tower Dev Calls Out Zynga For Copying Their Game
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Zynga, makers of fine Facebook and mobile games, makes a living by taking an established game idea and making it their own. This has led to accusations over the years that Zynga flat-out copies games from their competitors. Zynga’s new …

Words With Friends Saves A Man’s Life Words With Friends Saves A Man’s Life
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Everybody loves Words With Friends. Whether playing against Facebook friends or challenging random strangers, Zynga’s not-quite-Scrabble game is the go-to time waster for millions of people. Now it looks like the game might be useful for more than just teaching …

Zynga’s Scramble With Friends Launched For iPhone Zynga’s Scramble With Friends Launched For iPhone
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Fans of Zynga’s Words With Friends (or Boggle) may be interested to know that the company just launched Scramble With Friends. Even the icon for the game looks like Words With Friends, as to present a familiar experience for users …