Interview: PopCap’s John Vechey says mistakes were made, but selling to EA wasn’t one

Since PopCap was acquired by Electronic Arts nearly three years ago, the Seattle-based game maker has had its fair share of troubles: Layoffs, game cancellations, studio closures and executive departures. But PopCap’s co-founder John Vechey, who was named as the executive in charge of PopCap in January, said he can’t blame the problems on Electronic… Read More


Zynga shuts down Seattle office amid company-wide layoffs

Zynga announced today that it is laying off 314 workers and it looks like the company is shutting down its Seattle office in the process. A company spokesperson wouldn’t offer any specific details past what Zynga’s press release noted, which was a 15-percent reduction in workforce that was a “global reduction impacting multiple locations.” However,… Read More


Bang with Friends sex app reaches settlement with Zynga over ‘With Friends’ trademark

Bang With Friends Inc., makers of the controversial Bang With Friends app, will be forced to change its company name after reaching a trademark settlement with Zynga. The two companies reached an agreement today, with a Zynga spokesperson telling AllThingsD that Bang With Friends will be “changing its name and rebranding its services,” as part of… Read More


RealNetworks buys social casino game Slingo for $15.6M as ‘Zynga Slingo’ shuts down

RealNetworks’ GameHouse division continued making a splash in the social gaming arena today, announcing the acquisition of social casino company Slingo Inc. for $15.6 million. Slingo is an immensely popular online game with billions of plays over its 17-year-old history. Interestingly enough, Slingo set up a partnership with Zynga in March 2012, which helped bring Slingo to Facebook. But just… Read More


Three top execs leave Zynga

Don Mattrick is cleaning house at Zynga, it seems. Bloomberg reports today that three top executives at the social gaming company have left, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter. Nathan Etter, who used to be a Vice President of Games at the company, now lists himself on LinkedIn as a Vice President at the… Read More


Cha-ching: Double Down posts big profits again, expands social casino globally

Things are rolling for Double Down Interactive. The Seattle-based maker of casino-style social games that was gobbled up by Las Vegas-based International Game Technology for as much as $500 million last year saw its second quarter revenues increase sequentially by 31 percent to $54 million. This comes after the company pulled in $128 million within 12 months following the IGT acquisition…. Read More

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Zynga trims Seattle office

Zynga’s 2-year-old Seattle engineering office was largely spared in the game maker’s most recent layoff announcement, especially when compared to other branch offices that were reportedly shut down. But the layoffs of 18 percent of Zynga’s workforce are still having an impact in Seattle, though fairly minimal. According to a filing with the State of Washington’s… Read More


Tech Moves: Oracle sales vet joins Microsoft; Zynga changes; SNUPI snags Paulsen from Impinj; etc.

Judson Althoff has been named president of North American sales and marketing at Microsoft, joining the company from Oracle where he worked for 14 years. At Oracle, he most recently served as senior vice president of worldwide alliances and channels and embedded sales. Before that, he worked with EMC. Althoff will report to Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin… Read More


Zynga lays off employees; no changes to Seattle office

Social game publishing company Zynga today announced the closure of its Baltimore office and consolidations at three other studios. The Seattle development office was not affected, a Zynga spokeswoman told GeekWire. “In an effort to leverage resources as we focus on creating franchises and driving profitability, Zynga has made changes to four of our US… Read More

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Zynga shares free-fall after announcing forecast cuts

San Francisco-based Zynga pre-announced significant forecast cuts for its full-year earnings report on Thursday and is now seeing the affects today. Shares of the game maker, which has a local development office in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, fell 20 percent to $2.25 at 6:40 a.m. That’s the lowest intraday price since Zynga went public last… Read More

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The Sims vs. The Ville, EA files suit against Zynga

Electronic Arts‘ has apparently had enough of its too-close-for-comfort neighbors The Ville. The gaming giant has filed suit against Zynga, accusing the game maker of essentially ripping off their popular game The Sims Social. The copyright infringement case was filed in a San Francisco federal court today, calling The Ville an “unmistakable copy” of The… Read More

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Book Excerpt: Why a car crash couldn’t stop Zynga from revolutionizing gaming

[Editor's Note: Seattle-area journalist Carol Tice is the co-author, with serial entrepreneur David Lester, of the new book How They Started: How 25 Good Ideas Became Great Companies. In this excerpt, reprinted with permission, Tice tells the inside story of how entrepreneur Mark Pincus and his business partners turned an idea into the social gaming powerhouse... Read More


Zynga sues PyramidVille maker in trademark dispute

Zynga, maker of FarmVille, CityVille and other popular social games, has filed a trademark lawsuit against Kobojo, a startup based in France that makes a game called PyramidVille. Zynga says the game is being confused for one of its own, and the company asks the court to put a stop to it and award damages…. Read More


Poll: Are you still playing Draw Something?

Lately I’ve been feeling like I should be apologizing to my friends on Draw Something, the high-tech social Pictionary knock-off that took the mobile world by storm a couple months ago. The novelty wore off for me after a couple of weeks, and our in-progress games have been sitting stagnant thanks to my lack of… Read More