Zynga to cut more than 500 staff
Zynga, the social gaming business behind Farmville, is to lay off 18% of its staff to re-focus on mobile.
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In a note to employees, also published on Zynga's blog, founder and CEO Mark Pincus detailed the "cost-reductions that are taking place company-wide".
Pincus wrote: "We are saying painful goodbyes to about 18% of our Zynga brothers and sisters. None of us ever expected to face a day like today."
But the moves, he explained, are part of a proactive strategy made "from a position of financial strength".
Until March this year, users of Zynga games were only able to sign-up and play through Facebook, but Zynga distanced itself from the social network to become a standalone "destination for play" on zynga.com.
In November 2011, the initial public offering (IPO) for Zynga valued the San Francisco-based company at $7bn.
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