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Farmville 2 unleashed by Zynga

Farmville 2 unleashed by Zynga

As the mobile world evolves, so too do the expectations of the public for a new most addictive game of the day - that's why Zynga has decided to release a whole new version of their smash hit with Farmville 2. If you're not familiar, the first Farmville game was entirely Facebook-based (at first) and centered around you, the farmer, and your crops and livestock. This new version of the game will be a bit more tuned for future mobile use and will have "3D graphics" which include fully rotate-ready objects galore.

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Zynga usage declines, stock drops to record low

Zynga usage declines, stock drops to record low

Zynga, known for its popular online games for Facebook, has just seen its shares drop to a record low of $4.98. It's the lowest price since the company first began selling its shares at $10 in its IPO back in December. The drop came after analysts at Cowen & Co. revealed that usage of Zynga's games had declined last month as more players switched over to mobile gaming.

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Zynga adds Buzz Monkey to its quiver

Zynga adds Buzz Monkey to its quiver

Social gaming giant Zynga has decided to make yet another acquisition. The company has purchased a company called Buzz Monkey. The amount of money it paid was not reported, which means it was not excessive. Very large acquisitions need to be reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Buzz Monkey proved itself with games like Army of Two: 40th Day and Tomb Raider titles.

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Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

Gears of War writer decides to work for Zynga instead

If there was ever a testament to how even the most hardcore gaming enthusiasts are in jeopardy of being overtaken by the uprise in the casual, social fare that the industry is beginning to see, it would be this story. A man with a seemingly top-of-the-line job in the video game industry for one of the biggest hardcore franchises has just left that job to work for Zynga.

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Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

Zynga American Express partnership provides rewards for in-game buys

If you're the kind of person that lines the pockets of Zynga by spending a lot of money in so-called "free" online social games? Specifically, Zynga's most popular game Farmville? If so, then this is a rewards program tailored specifically for you. If not, then this is a rewards program tailored to make you start thinking about spending more money on your virtual farm. And in all cases, this is a rewards program to help teach you about American Express's Serve platform.

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Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Zynga Wild Needle acquisition estimated at $3.8 million

Social gaming giant Zynga has just added another notch to its belt. This one was created with a very specific niche in mind - targeting women gamers on mobile platforms. The company in question is Wild Needle, which was created by the co-founder of successful game company Playdom Rick Thompson. Playdom was acquired in 2010 by Disney, AKA pretty much the best kind of acquisition there can be.

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Zynga paid too much for OMGPOP says EA CEO

Zynga paid too much for OMGPOP says EA CEO

Sometimes in life we all make impulse buys that we regret. But not often does it involve a $180 million purchase. As such, Zynga doesn't have a lot of company to console itself if it ever has buyer's remorse when it comes to OMGPOP, the one-trick pony that developed the incredibly popular mobile game Draw Something. The only problem is that Draw Something is starting to fizzle out just a matter of weeks after the acquisition happened.

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Zynga’s YoVille game falls victim to hackers

Zynga’s YoVille game falls victim to hackers

It's not as popular as FarmVille or Mafia Wars or Draw Something, which is probably why hackers thought it would be an easy target. And they were right. Zynga has admitted that a group of users exploited vulnerabilities in its game YoVille, but they didn't have access to any sensitive information. What they were able to do, though, is erase the inventory of players, some of whom no doubt spent a fair sum of real money to acquire that inventory. However, this isn't an issue of user privacy.

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Zynga’s Draw Something makes mobile gaming history

Zynga’s Draw Something makes mobile gaming history

The mobile social Pictionary-style smash hit has become the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time. In a span of only 50 days, the game, originally created by OMGPOP and then acquired by much larger social gaming company Zynga, has reached more than 50 million downloads. It recently leapfrogged ahead of Angry Birds Space to be the #1 paid app in Apple's App Store.

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