Remember Draw Something? It was this wonderful, flash-in-the-pan game by the utterly charming developer OMGPOP, and had the misfortune of being such a success that it caught the evil overlord attentions of Zynga, who promptly bought the company, killed a game an ex-OMGPOP had privately made for his wife, and then ran the company into the ground, laying off the vast majority of the team.
OMGPOP’s practically dead now, and the only purpose the shell of the company serves is as a cautionary tale not to let Zynga touch anything good or wholesome, ever. There’s still more OMGPOP assets Zynga can kill, though: next up on the chopping block, Zynga plans to behad OMGPOP’s popular gaming portal website.
Zynga has reportedly closed down Draw Something studio OMGPOP and laid off all of its staff just 14 months after it was acquired in a $180 million deal. OMGPOP released its Draw Something sequel back in April, but it appears it wasn’t the success the company hoped it would be.
OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter has confirmed that a sequel to the smash hit drawing game Draw Something is “coming soon.” The first screenshot of the new title was posted to Twitter by none other than TV host Ryan Seacrest shortly before Porter made the news official.
“I somehow convinced them to give me #DrawSomething2 first,” Seacrest wrote.
Zynga has announced that it will kill off 11 of its social games as part of a new cost-reduction plan that aims to improve its profitability. Many of the titles have already been closed and removed from app stores, while others will be shuttered in the coming weeks and months. PetVille, FishVille, and Mafia Wars 2 are three of the titles on the hit list.
When you combine all the titles in Apple’s App Store with those in Google Play, you have a catalog of more than 1.4 million apps from hundreds of thousands of developers. But incredibly, more than 50% of the revenue made by these stores in the United States goes to just 25 app developers.
It’s been nearly three years since Rovio’s first Angry Birds game made its debut on iOS devices, and you might have thought that interest in the series may have died down a little in that time. But you’d be very wrong indeed. According to the Finnish firm, Angry Birds games still see more than 200 million active users every single month.
The uber-popular social drawing app Draw Something, appears to be drawing less attention ever since Zynga bought out the game’s creators OMGPOP for $200 million. According to Atlantic Wire magazine, the month after Zynga’s purchase, the app saw a 5 million user drop in daily usage. That’s a pretty significant drop, whether directly related remains unknown, but it’s either that, or people have simply lost interest in the game.
To celebrate the launch of Zynga’s latest hit ZombieSmash!, Google gave them special permission to go ahead and zombify the Bugdroid statue outside of Building 44. That was pretty cool of Google and I’m thinking this little stunt will give rise to some decorating madness come next Halloween. Anyways, ZombieSmash! has been out on iOS for quite some time now but today marks its debut on the Google Play Store — and what a way to debut if you ask me.
Last month Zynga released their popular Scramble With Friends onto Android. Although the initial release was the free ad-supported version, users were really hoping to pony up some cash to get rid of the ads. Zynga listened and after a couple weeks, dropped a new paid version onto the Android Market Google Play Store. Now users can pay $.99 for an ad-free version of Scramble With Friends that also allows users to earn tokens twice as fast.
There’s no denying the popularity of Zynga’s games and although their Words With Friends Android debut wasn’t so great, it still managed to surpass 20 million downloads. Words With Friends has been ending marriages and creating insomniacs since its inception and now they plan on getting you fired thanks to another great word game Scramble With Friends.