Discussion in 'PC/Console Game Discussion' started by Dean, Oct 23, 2012.
...and lays off 2/3's of Austin office.
EDIT: Chicago got the axe too.
Ugh. Good luck to all those affected. You folks in the gaming business are stronger than I. SO many ups and downs it would seem.
Blug. Sucks for those affected. Clever of them to time the announcement to happen during the Apple event.
Thanks everyone. Time to play UnemploymentVille.
That should totally be made into a game.
On one hand, sucks for the people losing their jobs. On the other hand, this is one step closer to Zynga shutting down for good.
Some other monster will rise up to take its place.
Brad has a lot on his plate these days.
That's not clever. Clever would be developing a sustainable business model out of their substantial first mover advantage and running their company with a modicum of respect for their employees. What Zynga management has done is act as if they are venture capital with assets to dispose of without figuring out an exit strategy for their increasingly shitty stock holdings.
I'm never buying another Zynga game ever again.
Your courage is inspiring.
It seems like only yesterday that we were all being told that Zynga was the future.
Commiserations to the people who lost their jobs in this economy, I'm guessing the boom in indie start-ups just got even boomier.
In which case it should be Hooverville...
Duf should feel free to tout for work here, I reckon? All those in favor...
Zynga will just copy it.
Y'know, Dufresne, I'm always hiring. Part time, and not even remotely in your field, but still!
Zynga just did copy it.
Because I know you're itching for some righteous indignation, want to hear something really fucked up?
We had 5 former employees of 38 Studios on our staff. Two of them were contracted workers, but if the studio had stayed open, they likely would have been full-time within a month. As it is, those contractors don't even get the severance package.
That is some fucked up stuff there.
Oof, that really sucks - but I have to admit I blame 38 Studios for that more than Zynga.
TIL Hawkeye Fierce works in the porn industry.
He's offered me a job before, but the interview location being behind the McDonald's in Central Square was a red flag.
Hey now, my interview space is WAY more classy than that:
HAHA! Well played.
Er, I've never seen that couch before and completely do not understand its significance.
I think I'm going to pass that picture around and then shame people for recognizing it.
"HOW DARE YOU MASTURBATE! TO PORN!"
It's a casting couch!
Can someone tell me what that couch is from? I guess my voluminous knowledge of porn is failing me for once.
To anyone here directly affected by this, I'm sincerely sorry. This is an awful (though recovering) economy to be laid off in.
NSFW idiots backroomcastingcouch.com
The leak of internal documents begins. Apparently. Who knew there was a downside to shafting your employees over and over to the point where they all have a fuck you in their back pocket in case things go down?
Oh goody, my schadenfreude levels were getting dangerously low since the Star dock debacle cooled off.
I feel sorry for all those guys who lost their jobs (non-execs, of course), but hey, at least now they can start making games.
That document seems dubious at best. If it is indeed an internal Zynga doc, some of those execs need help with basic English and spelling.
But the comments OH THE COMMENTS:
Oh sure, just because the leaked document is written in the same exact broken English as the Anonymous guy's announcement about it, suddenly it's "dubious." WAKE UP
Oh god you're right, that's exactly what the international bankster conspiracy would to do cover their tracks!!
Did I suddenly walk into a Deus Ex thread? ;)
You'd be surprised. Haven't read the doc myself though, so I can't speak to it.
I've been drinking tonight so I give no fucks about posting this. Because guys, this totally made me feel really good about myself.
Zynga buys startup in move to more "intense" games.
Quotation marks are my editorial prerogative.
I'm just hopeful that we never hear the term "mid-core" applied to gaming again.
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