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Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga distances itself from Facebook

Zynga has announced that it will no longer be requiring people to log into their Facebook accounts when entering its site. Zynga wants to distance itself from Facebook in order to become a more independent game developer. You are now able to access your favorite games, like Farmville, Chefville, Draw Sometihng, and more via a stand-alone Zynga account.

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Ryan Seacrest leaks Draw Something 2 on Twitter

Ryan Seacrest leaks Draw Something 2 on Twitter

Ryan Seacrest, known as the host of American Idol and also as a radio host for New York's Z100, leaked out what appears to be a sequel to the ever popular social game, Draw Something. Seacrest wrote in a tweet, "I somehow convinced them to give me #DrawSomething2 first... this may be the best Mariah & Randy have ever looked." Alongside the tweet, he posted an image of a very well drawn picture of the American Idol judges.

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Zynga’s Draw Something garners 100 million downloads in first year

Zynga’s Draw Something garners 100 million downloads in first year

Remember the fun, social drawing game Draw Something? It was released a year ago and became the number one social game within a month or so. If you were like a lot of people, though, you probably played for a bit and then ultimately deleted the app after a week. However, it seems the game has been a huge hit for a whole year now, because Zynga is reporting that the game has garnered 100 million downloads in its year of existence.

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Zynga’s chief game designer leaving company after almost 4 years

Zynga’s chief game designer leaving company after almost 4 years

It's no surprise that Zynga has been struggling recently. They shut down 11 of their games and even closed their Japan studio, as well as their Boston location, so it makes sense that employees are on edge as far as where they stand with unemployment, and many people are getting out of there before even more hellstorms start up, including the company's chief game designer, Brian Reynolds.

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King.com overtakes Zynga for top spot on Facebook

King.com overtakes Zynga for top spot on Facebook

You might not have heard of casual social game developing studio King.com, but they just bumped Zynga from the top spot on Facebook with their new game Candy Crush Saga. It has attracted 9.7 million daily players on Facebook so far, and King.com is now the second largest game publisher on Facebook, with over 70 million monthly active users across all of their games.

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Zynga shuts down Japan studio

Zynga shuts down Japan studio

More bad news for Zynga today, as the social games maker has announced that it will be shutting down its Japan studio later this month. Zynga Japan is scheduled to go dark on January 31, 2013 according to Develop, and though there are a number of games shutting down with it, one in particular will remain supported after Zynga Japan closes its doors. That would be the card battle game called "Yin Ayakashi record," which has found success on iOS and Android.

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Zynga shutters 11 of its social video games

Zynga shutters 11 of its social video games

Zynga has instituted its cost-reduction plan that the company talked about back in November. The cost-reduction plan involved shutting down some of the company's video games, or at least accepting no new players in others ahead of shutdown in the coming weeks. The game developer plans to allocate its resources to its more popular games.

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Zynga applies for Nevada gambling license to bring real-money gambling online

Zynga applies for Nevada gambling license to bring real-money gambling online

Back in July, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus announced that the company was pursuing a gambling license in Nevada that would see Zynga offering real-money gambling games online. The company made its first move yesterday by filing the initial application with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Previously, Zynga only allowed betting with virtual currency in games like Zynga Poker.

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