Zynga closes Baltimore studio, consolidates Texas, New York offices


Zynga’s Chief Operating Officer David Ko issued a statement today announcing that the social gaming giant is closing its Baltimore studio.

Zynga is also closing its McKinney, Texas and downtown Austin offices but these teams will relocate to Zynga’s Dallas and North Austin offices.

Zynga’s New York City offices will be consolidated as well, with the staff relocated to the New York City mobile studio.

The total amount of employees that were let go is not clear at this time but Ko’s statement claims that overall the layoffs will affect approximately 1 percent of Zynga’s workforce.

As we’ve recently reported, Brian Reynolds who headed the Baltimore studio, left Zynga in late January.  Reynolds and the Baltimore team worked on games like FrontierVille and CityVille 2.

The closing of the Baltimore team follows Zynga’s recent decision to shut down CityVille 2. As Zynga CFO Mark Vranesh said earlier this month during the company’s earnings call: “CityVille 2 missed our expectations despite pushing the envelope in 3D gaming and both The Friend Game and Party Place failed to achieve the mass market appeal Zynga franchise are known for.”

We last heard of large-scale layoffs at Zynga back in late October, when the company let let more than 100 employees go from its Austin office.

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