Zynga's Q3 financial report is due today, and the company is struggling to cut costs as much as possible amidst a very gloomy season to say the least. As you guessed, there will be casualties: over 100 employees have been laid off from Zynga's Austin studio, and more could be on the way across the globe.
An internal memo reportedly sent to employees from Zynga CEO Marc Pincus himself warns that the company will be forced to make "tough decisions around products, teams and people." Pincus' memo outlines how Zynga will be planning to reduce its full-time workforce by 5 percent as well as shutting down "13 older games" in an effort to streamline and refocus operations.
Rumors which emerged yesterday suggested the Austin studio would be shuttered, but this has still not been entirely confirmed at time of writing. Zynga Austin has been responsible for running Zynga Bingo and The Ville, the company's own take on EA's The Sims Online. Zynga is not expected to pull the plug on The Ville just yet, despite signifigantly reducing their investment on the title. The entire Zynga Bingo team meanwhile was apparently laid off.
Unfortunately, Pincus' memo confirms his company will indeed shutter the Boston studio, previously tasked with running Indiana Jones Adventure World. Furthermore, the memo cautions that the closure of Zynga's UK and Japanese offices are being proposed.