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Zynga Shuts Down PetVille And 10 Other Titles To Cut Costs

12-31-2012, 01:48 PM
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Zynga Shuts Down PetVille And 10 Other Titles To Cut Costs

http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/30/zyn...-mafia-wars-2/

PetVille Shut down December 30th
Mafia Wars 2 - Shut down December 30th
FishVille Shut down December 5th
Vampire Wars Shut down December 5th
Treasure Isle Shut down December 5th
Indiana Jones Adventure World Closed to new players, shuts down January 14th
Mafia Wars Shakedown Pulled from app stores
Forestville Pulled from app stores
Montopia Shut down December 21st
Mojitomo Pulled from app stores
Word Scramble Challenge Pulled from app stores


Interesting. We launched the free game Word Carnivale on iOS just a few weeks ago and it's been growing virally since then. Some players have put in over 20 hours of play in less than a week.

Good timing considering Zynga has pulled Word Scramble Challenge. The difference is that Word Carnivale isn't just another clone of a 'Boggle' game, the play-field changes with every word discovered, a far richer experience than trying to find obscure words on a fixed set of 16 letters (our grid is 25 by the way). It's ad supported, just interstitial ads after you play a round.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWJR3Od8aOo

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12-31-2012, 02:33 PM
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Are they closing?

12-31-2012, 10:37 PM
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Anyone whose stupid enough to pay to play these sad excuse for games deserves to lose everything they put in. It's the only way they will learn what a bad idea they are and maybe they'll stop falling for them.

All of them will be shut down sooner or later, it's all about the profit margin.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
12-31-2012, 10:48 PM
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As I said on TechCrunch, maybe now Zynga will realise that in order to survive, their games actually need to be good. Quality over quantity. Spend some time coming up with a fresh and innovative game idea, then use your enormous wealth to advertise it and cross your fingers.
12-31-2012, 11:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Teknikal View Post
Anyone whose stupid enough to pay to play these sad excuse for games deserves to lose everything they put in. It's the only way they will learn what a bad idea they are and maybe they'll stop falling for them.

All of them will be shut down sooner or later, it's all about the profit margin.
Exactly. You can't be so stupid as to put money into a game that is just some knock off from another app. So sad for those young kids playing farmville and all that wasting away all their money.
12-31-2012, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by MidianGTX View Post
As I said on TechCrunch, maybe now Zynga will realise that in order to survive, their games actually need to be good. Quality over quantity. Spend some time coming up with a fresh and innovative game idea, then use your enormous wealth to advertise it and cross your fingers.
Zynga...original idea....great joke there
01-01-2013, 12:28 AM
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Zynga...original idea....great joke there
The antonym of originality is Zynga.
01-06-2013, 07:57 PM
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Yes, finally!

I wish every one at zynga a happy and profitable life with good well paid jobs.

However, the day zynga the business goes bust will be the best day for gamers every where, people will wake up and realise that it's better to put profit into companies that care and more quality titles both Indy and not will pop up from the mists. happy joy joy!

Can't wait.
May be a wee bit harsh, but I understand. Are you yourself a developer?

And another thing that I hate about Zynga is, is that they aim for quite young children in some of their games. That is ubsurd and upsets me.
01-06-2013, 07:59 PM
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Well most games are still there and yes their a bad company for being money grubbers but I'm sure someone will take their spot