Submitted by Nineball2112 1127d ago | news

EA finds no joy in Zynga's collapse, reckons social gaming was overhyped

EA finds no joy in Zynga's collapse.

Last night Zynga canned 13 games, reduced its investment in The Ville, closed Zynga Boston, triggered huge layoffs at Zynga Austin and proposed the closure of Zynga Japan and UK.

The news sent shockwaves rippling throughout the game industry, and means about five per cent of Zynga's total work force will be let go. (EA, Industry, Zynga)

RivetCityGhoul  +   1127d ago
"reckons social gaming was overhyped" nawwwwwww you think............
BattleAxe  +   1127d ago
Pachter has been praising the shit out of Zynga over the last two years, saying that Zynga knows how to do things right......I guess this shows just how much Pachter really knows.
guitarded77  +   1127d ago
I hope this sends a signal to the gaming industry that browser, phone, tablet games are not everything they are making them out to be. I hate it when I hear "The gaming industry is shifting toward..." casual mobile/browser games. Let's be real, Angry Birds is a phenomenon, and just because it is successful, it doesn't mean that that's where gaming is heading. Just because millions play Facebook games, it shouldn't dictate the future of the industry. At the end of the day, most of those people will fade away, while core PC, console and dedicated handheld gamers will still be buying. I don't like people losing their jobs, but over speculation of casual trends is the reason stuff like this happens. Publishers need to invest more in their bread and butter (gamers like us), and not so much in fads.

Peter Moore would make a great Bond villain. He looks so weird.
RickHiggity  +   1126d ago
Honestly, he's full of it most of the time.
DeadlyFire  +   1126d ago
Free to play without value = no sell. I am not buying chickens, goats, and extra plots on my farm damn you Zynga. Just make it into a real game and sell it for $20 bucks with no microtransactions. People might actually like it if ya did that.

The good side of this is that you can buy Zynga's stock for cheap if anyone wants a percentage in the future.
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RmanX1000  +   1127d ago
I find no joy in EA.... Yeah. I went there.
Ranma1  +   1127d ago
My only problem with EA is the monopoly they have over sports games and the rights to player names and team names.

If it wasn't because of EA, we might of had a RPG sports game, or adventure or shooting type sports game. NO seriously !!!
ShaunCameron  +   1127d ago
Blame the sports leagues that granted them exclusive rights. It's not EA's fault that the competition no longer have the NFL and NHL licenses. On the flipside, EA lost the MLB and NBA licenses.
Jreca  +   1127d ago
Next commentary will be just after WiiU launch: "Consoles are not doomed, it was overreacting" >.<
caseh  +   1127d ago
next revelation: Mobile Gaming - Not the holy grail developers believed it to be, returns focus to consoles.
ZeroX9876  +   1127d ago
if I can run gaikai then Im good
bicfitness  +   1127d ago
Focus will naturally return once all three next gen platforms are out and raking in the $. This gen has simply gotten too old for some and they gone off to dally on PC, tablets, whatever. Most consumers will return.

And a next gen CoD/ Halo/ Mario/ Drake will see to that.
rbailey  +   1127d ago
EA finds joy in Zynga's collapse only because they now think that their PopCap acquisition has more time to shine.
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RememberThe357  +   1127d ago
Wow, so N4G was actually right for once. Now we can saw we told you so.
BitbyDeath  +   1127d ago
Why buy mobile games when others offer similar titles for free?

Of course it is overhyped.
AusRogo  +   1127d ago
That man looks like the devil! But yes, it was overhyped
Godmars290  +   1127d ago
All those cancellations and closures and only 5% layoffs?
bicfitness  +   1127d ago
That's not counting the Foxconn workers they have chained in the basement.
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Godmars290  +   1127d ago
We so suck as a self-realizing species.
GraveLord  +   1127d ago
Social gaming was just a fad? Whaaaaaat!?
ninjahunter  +   1127d ago
Acquires EA as publisher, Sales needed quadruples.
Fwaaaa?! EA's fault? Noooooooooo, never.....
blackbirdi  +   1127d ago
final they admit it ...when a gamer sayed that in 2006 everybody tells him you don't know anything but in reality a gamer know better about trends then anybody from the markting departement
dkgshiz  +   1127d ago
Anyone with a brain stem could have told you this one.
helghast102  +   1127d ago
Don't worry EA, I can handle both yours, and my own joy for Zyngas imminent death
Gamer-Z  +   1127d ago
A gaming company that makes games for non gamers is collapsing wow who saw this coming.
3-4-5  +   1127d ago

let the masses move on to their next "cool thing" and start making good games for people who like good games again.

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