Zynga has announced the shutdown of 11 underperforming social networking games including the once popular PetVille. The move is part of the company’s cost cutting plan that was first announced in November.
While most of the games were available exclusively through Facebook, others resided in the App Store, according to TechCrunch.
The games closing or already closed include:
PetVille – Shut down December 30th
Mafia Wars 2 - Shut down December 30th
FishVille – Shut down December 5th
Vampire Wars – Shut down December 5th
Treasure Isle – Shut down December 5th
Indiana Jones Adventure World – Closed to new players, shuts down January 14th
Mafia Wars Shakedown – Pulled from App Stores
Forestville – Pulled from App Stores
Montopia – Shut down December 21st
Mojitomo – Pulled from Google Play
Word Scramble Challenge – Pulled from App Store
No doubt these closings will leave many upset. After all, some of the games had been around for years and had a loyal following.
According to the report, however, some of those users will be rewarded:
In an effort to ease the pain, Zynga has offered those who played FishVille, Adventure World, and some other titles a free bonus package of virtual goodies in one of its more popular titles, including CastleVille, ChefVille, FarmVille 2, Mafia Wars, and YoVille.