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Zynga to cut 5 percent of its staff

Updated: November 25, 2012 11:52AM

Zynga Inc. is eliminating games, studios and jobs as part of a broader cost-cutting strategy by the game company.

The maker of social media games such as “FarmVille” and “Texas HoldEm Poker” said Tuesday that it will cut about 5 percent of its full-time work force. About 3,000 people worldwide work for Zynga, which was founded by Chicago native Mark Pincus. It is the company’s first-ever round of layoffs.

Zynga also says it will get rid of 13 older games and reduce its investment in the game “The Ville.” It will close its studio in Boston and may close studios in Japan and the U.K.

Zynga reports third-quarter earnings Wednesday. Analysts are expecting a loss for the period.


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