Zynga CEO Don Mattrick announced that 15% of workforce, or 314 employees would be affected with the recent events. The company also bought NaturalMotion.
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Prior to the investor relations meeting, Zynga CEO announced that 314 employees will be laid off. As a part of a cost-reduction plan which should generate something between $33 million and $35 million, 15% of employees will have to look for a new job. According to Mattrick, these jobs will most likely come out of “infrastructure” areas. He also added that Zynga won’t shut down any of its studios.
"When we reviewed the support areas and looked at what was an appropriate size to have agile, dedicated teams, we decided to redeploy and right size against our best opportunities for growth." Mattrick wrote on the official Zynga blog. Since Mattrick took over from founding CEO Mark Pincus, there had been several layoffs, along with closure of low performing games.
Just few hours before the announcement about layoffs, Zynga revealed its big acquisition. $527 million worth deal brought NaturalMotion, U.K. based gaming company, under company’s roof. CSR Racing and Clumsy Ninja are their best known titles. Torsten Reil, the man in charge at NaturalMotion, is a well-experienced developer. By using his biology background he designed software that could realistically animate 3D movement. Torsten has been working on his Ph. D. in Complex Systems in Oxford’s zoology department before starting the mobile gaming company.
This could mean Zynga has actually done a good move for a change. Getting people who know what they are doing can only lead to better times. We can expect quality games in the future, as Torsten is a perfectionist who won’t release a title until every single detail works 100%.
Meanwhile, some of the most popular Zynga games, such as FarmVille 2 continue to lose users due to various issues.
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