The Farmville people just fired 15% of their company so they could buy another different company.

 

Zynga does not have a particularly nice or flattering history; but I guess that’s not what’s important when your only goal is to make money. (Not that there’s anything wrong with making money, but when you do it from an art form that struggles for mainstream legitimacy, it somehow looks better if you can prove you also have integrity¬†while peddling your B.F.Skinnerian slop.)

Point is, Zynga’s ex-chief creative Bill Mooney once made a big speech about how working for Zynga was the future for game developers. That’s got a double helping of irony with it now, since he left the company in 2012 and they’ve just fired over 300 employees.