Zynga announces closure of Zynga Slingo on Facebook
Zynga has quietly announced the closure of Zynga Slingo on Facebook, scheduled for later this month. While Zynga Slingo has over 3.5 million monthly active users, this move comes as no surprise, as RealNetworks purchased the Slingo name and brand at the end of July for $15.6 million, according to TechCrunch.
Zynga Slingo players are being offered a one-time compensation package in another Zynga game of their choice: Zynga Poker, FarmVille 2 or Bubble Safari. Players must already have existing accounts in the game of their choosing before the package can be applied. The contents of those packages have yet to be revealed.
Premium purchases (and real money invested) in the slots-meets-bingo game will also disappear when the game closes on August 27, so users are encouraged to use them / it now, while the game is still available.
RealNetworks purchased Slingo as part of its continued push into social casino gaming. The company launched GameHouse Casino Plus on August 1, bringing large-scale, real money sweepstakes to Facebook for the first time. Players of that game have a chance to win $100,000 each and every month, simply by playing the game and earning tickets, and then turning those tickets into contest entries.
While no specific details for new Slingo games have been released, the company did confirm it was working on new versions of Slingo for Facebook, iPhone, iPad and Android.
“Slingo has been a successful, compelling product on every major games platform over the past 15 years,” said Rich Roberts, CEO of Slingo, via a company release. “By joining forces with RealNetworks, we look forward to taking Slingo to the next level. We’re thrilled to be joining RealNetworks’ GameHouse division.”