Zynga to shut four more weak games, including The Ville

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

mark pincus with venturebeat

Zynga said today it will shut down four major games as part of its continued effort to lower costs as it reported earnings today.

Chief operations officer David Ko said in a conference call with analysts that the company plans to shut down four once-big games: The Ville, Empires & Allies, Dream Zoo, and Zynga City on Tencent.

“We are moving to shut down lower-performing games,” on top of canceling CityVille 2, The Friend Game, and Party Place in the first quarter, said Ko.

Mark Pincus [above], chief executive of Zynga, also said that Zynga had canceled two major unreleased games during the first quarter. Those games would have led to “better short-term performance,” but they would not have been good for the company in the long run. For the most part, Pincus said 2013 is a transition year for Zynga as it adapts to mobile games and…

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