According to TechCrunch, Zynga plans to shut down 11 of its games due to recent financial troubles. It seems that Zynga’s money problems was due to having expanded too far in its lineup of games, as well as its declined relationship with Facebook. In response to this, Zynga will commence layoffs, the shutting down of offices, and most importantly for consumers, the shutting down of games which Zynga cannot afford to keep. Games that already have or will shut down include PetVille, Mafia Wars 2, and and FishVille.
This will no doubt disappoint the folks who have spent lots of time and money on these games to build a virtual aquarium or raise a virtual pet, only to have it disappear. There are also quite a few people who will not be cheering on Zynga’s effort to survive. Would the survival of the social gaming company be a benefit to gamers?