You Can Now Play ‘Words With Friends’ Without an Internet Connection



Prepare to feel old: Words With Friends just turned five.

To celebrate the milestone, Zynga is rolling out the game’s biggest update yet: a whole new app that comes with a dictionary, stat-tracking features and an offline mode.

The biggest addition to the game, a new single-player mode called Solo Play, was also one of the most requested from users, according to the company. Solo Play allows players to play games with an opponent and while offline. The new single player mode adjusts to your skill level so offline games will always be challenging Read more…

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Ex-Zynga Developers Land $2.5 Million For New Studio JuiceBox Games

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 7.51.19 AM Three former Zynga developers have raised $2.5 million to build out their new gaming studio, JuiceBox Games, on the back of the release of their first gaming title HonorBound. With 3 million downloads and counting, JuiceBox’s first game is already generating revenue for the company. The game is ranked 94 on the list of top-grossing apps with a daily revenue estimate of $14,726 and… Read More

Googler, And Former DARPA Director, Regina Dugan Joins Zynga’s Board Of Directors

Regina Dugan Zynga is announcing a new addition to its board of directors — Regina E. Dugan, vice president of engineering and head of the Advanced Technology and Projects group at Google.
In a memo sent to the company’s employees, CEO Don Mattrick said Dugan will be “a true catalyst for creative thinking at Zynga.” As highlighted at the recent Google I/O developer conference… Read More

YoVille Renamed YoWorld And Officially Acquired From Zynga By Big Viking Games

yoville YoVillians rejoice; your kingdom is saved. Players of the social virtual world game will be excited to hear that their play can continue as YoVille, which was acquired by Zynga a few years ago, will not be shuttered as planned. Instead, it is now the wholly owned property of London, ON-based Big Viking Games, and will be transferred completely (with all game history and profile details intact) to… Read More

Zynga Founder Mark Pincus to Step Down from Day-to-Day Role



Zynga founder Mark Pincus is leaving his role as chief product officer at the mobile gaming company and relinquishing his last link to the company’s day-to-day operations.

The news came as Zynga announced mixed first-quarter earnings. The company reported a loss of $0.01 per share, in line with expectations, and revenue of $161 million that beat estimates.

Zynga shares rose 5% in after-hours trading.

Pincus will retain the role of chairman on Zynga’s board of directors. The absence of Pincus from the day-to-day operations leaves the company in the hands of CEO Don Mattrick. Read more…

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Zynga Founder Mark Pincus Steps Down From Chief Product Officer Role

Mark Pincus and Don Mattrick Along with the company’s earnings release, Zynga announced that founder Marc Pincus would be stepping down from any operational duties and ceding his chief product officer title today. The company said that Pincus, who started the social gaming company in 2007, will remain Chairman of the Board. Read More

Zynga Rallies 4% After Reporting Q1 Revenue Of $168M, EPS Of -$0.01

Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 12.48.27 PM This afternoon following the bell, Zynga reported its calendar first-quarter financial performance including revenue of $168 million, bookings (non-GAAP) of $161 million, and earnings per share of -$0.01 (non-GAAP). Analysts had expected the company to report top line of $164 million, and a single cent per-share loss. That revenue figure is a decline of 36 percent from the year-ago quarter. The… Read More

Zynga Names David Lee CFO, As Longtime Exec Mark Vranesh Departs The Firm

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 12.37.25 PM Today after the bell, Zynga announced that its CFO and CAO Mark Vranesh will depart the firm after six years, and that David Lee will assume both roles effective April 14. Vranesh will help out for a month to, in the words of Zynga, “ensure a seamless transition.” Read More

On The Eve Of GDC, An M&A Wave Hits the Gaming Industry

Unity and Applifier, the Kontagent and Playhaven merger, Zynga’s half-billion dollar deal to buy NaturalMotion, Kabam and Phoenix Age. A nice, little consolidation wave is floating through the gaming industry after a relatively quiet year for acquisitions among companies in the U.S. and Europe. What’s changed? It depends on which part of the industry you’re looking at. Half of… Read More

OMGPOP Cofounder Living ‘the Life’ 2 Years After Zynga Acquisition



Charles Forman didn’t think Zynga would actually buy his company. OMGPOP had fielded “a lot” of acquisition offers and investment opportunities before talks with Zynga approached their final stages.

“It was a stressful time because deals fall apart, deals fall through,” Forman recalled to Mashable last month in an interview for a larger story about founders following up successful startups. “I was just certain that the deal was going to fall through.”

But on March 21, 2012, Zynga announced that it had acquired OMGPOP, “makers of the popular cultural hit mobile game, Draw Something.” The price tag for the deal was reported to be around $200 million. Forman had already moved on to a new startup by that point, though he remained on OMGPOP’s board and personally gained tens of millions of dollars from the deal. Read more…

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