Zynga begins axing its Facebook games

Zynga begins axing its Facebook games
Aaron Lee

By Aaron Lee

November 5th 2012 at 3:51PM

Older titles get the chop in social giant's restructure

Zynga is in the process of shutting down several of its games in a reshuffling process to intended to make the ailing social games publisher stable once again.

The company plans to pull the plug on 13 titles, starting with FishVille, which had 730,000 monthly users at the last count according to AppData, and Treasure Isle, which had 540,000 – both games will go offline on December 5th.

Users are being prompted with a “one-time, complimentary bonus package” to switch to other, more recent Zynga titles. The contents of these packages have not been specified.

Last week, hacktivist group Anonymous claimed that Zynga intends to layoff a further 800 staff this month, and has threatened to release keys to confidential files it claims contain the company’s games today (November 5th) if Zynga does not withdraw.