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FarmVille maker may outsource some jobs to India

FarmVille maker may outsource some jobs to India
US-based Zynga, better known for FarmVille and other popular games on Facebook, will trim its full-time workforce strength by 5 per cent and may outsource some American jobs to India, reports have said.

Embarking on cost-cutting measures, the Nasdaq-listed entity would also be ending 13 older games besides reducing investment in ‘The Ville’.

‘... We will unfortunately be parting ways with approximately 5 per cent of our full time workforce,’ Zynga founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Pincus said in a memo to the employees.

‘This is the most painful part of an overall cost reduction plan that also includes significant cuts in spending on data hosting, advertising and outside services, primarily contractors,’ Pincus said.

Going by estimates, Zynga has nearly 3,000 employees globally and reports on online news portals said some of the jobs, including those related to ‘The Ville’ games, might be moved to India where the company recently started operations.

According to the website ‘’, Zynga is outsourcing operations for the two games — ‘The Ville’ and ‘Bingo’ — to India.

Another portal ‘’ reported that ‘The Ville’ is being transitioned to the company’s offices in India, ‘the way Zynga sunsets a lot of its less popular games’.

In his staff memo, Pincus said the company is ‘sunsetting’ 13 older games apart from significantly reducing investment in ‘The Ville’.

Zynga would also be closing down its Boston studio besides proposing closures of the Japan and United Kingdom (UK) studios.

‘Additionally, we are reducing staffing levels in our Austin studio. All of these represent terrific entrepreneurial teams which make this decision so difficult’ “In addition to these studios, we are also making a small number of partner team reductions,” Pincus noted.

He said these reductions, along with efforts to implement more stringent budget and resource allocation around new games and partner projects, would improve profitability.

Going by Zynga’s website, there are more than 10 vacant positions at its Bengaluru office, including software engineer, senior product manager and art director. The company is also looking for people in the US and China, among other countries.

Shares of the company declined over 5 per cent to close at $2.20 on the Nasdaq on Tuesday.
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