The news of the games shutdowns was announced by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and they follow in line with the company’s attempts to downsize staff numbers while focusing on the company’s more popular and profitable titles.
Zynga has shut down the following social gaming titles in the month of December (and others coming in January).
PetVille Shut down December 30th
Mafia Wars 2 - Shut down December 30th
FishVille Shut down December 5th
Vampire Wars Shut down December 5th
Treasure Isle Shut down December 5th
Indiana Jones Adventure World Closed to new players, shuts down January 14th
Mafia Wars Shakedown Pulled from app stores
Forestville Pulled from app stores
Montopia Shut down December 21st
Mojitomo Pulled from app stores
Word Scramble Challenge Pulled from app stores
When Zynga broke onto the scene with its massive Facebook partnership the company appeared to be incapable of failing, every title was met with massive Facebook exposure and every title earned the company millions of dollars. Fast forward several years later and Zynga broke up its partnership with Facebook and its IPO price of $10 per share has plummeted to just $2.33 per share.
While Zynga has shut down 11 titles the company does still operate more than 30 games across its social gaming network.