Zynga shuts down 11 online games to curb current failure

It’s no secret to the gaming community that Zynga is in trouble. The once proud bully of social games has lost its favored position with Facebook, the company’s stock sits at less than 20% of its former IPO and lay-offs have been covered up in between major gaming events. If you need further evidence that Zynga is in trouble, CEO Mark Pincus announced that 11 games will be cut entirely. Ouch.

Games to be cut include:

PetVille – Shut down December 30th
Mafia Wars 2 – Shut down December 30th
FishVille – Shut down December 5th
Vampire Wars – Shut down December 5th
Treasure Isle – Shut down December 5th
Indiana Jones Adventure World – Closed to new players, shuts down January 14th
Mafia Wars Shakedown – Pulled from app stores
Forestville – Pulled from app stores
Montopia – Shut down December 21st
Mojitomo – Pulled from app stores
Word Scramble Challenge – Pulled from app stores

This is to be expected of a company that is floundering before our eyes, but it’s still shocking considering games like Petville had millions of players at one point. Many social gamers are upset with the closings, with some lamenting that they feel as though Zynga is killing their pets.

Please don’t remove petville. I been playing for 4 yrs. and I’M going to miss my pet Jaime….why do you want cause depression for me and others. Why do you want to kill my pet?

In order to keep the peace with disgruntled gamers, Zynga is offering a free bonus package to one of its still operating games, but who is to say how long these games will continue to operate. It looks like social gaming certainly isn’t the sustainable industry the world though it was.

[via Tech Crunch]