Well, that didn't take long. There's been rumblings over on TechCrunch for a few days now that Zynga was in acquisition talks with OMGPOP as a result of the smash hit Draw Something [$2.99 / Free]. The original suggestions were that the purchase price would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $150m to $250m, as OMGPOP itself is a company that's already fueled by $17m worth of investor cash as is.

Zynga scheduled a call at 3:00 PM Eastern today to discuss a "news announcement," but the guys over at All Things D have the scoop early: Zynga has picked up OMGPOP for a cool $200m, which isn't too shabby considering two years ago they doled out $53m to buy Words With Friends creator Newtoy.

I've got mixed feelings about this news. On one hand, I'm glad that OMGPOP is reaping the rewards of creating a fantastically successful game. Zynga has proven in the past that they talk acquisitions first, but if you turn them down, they have no problem ruthlessly cloning your game instead. On the other, I really like Draw Something as it is now, and I'm really not looking forward to Zynga, well, Zynga-ing it up. But, I suppose Word With Friends is still a fun game, so, whatever.

I imagine the guys at OMGPOP will be popping some champagne bottles this afternoon, if they haven't already.

UPDATE: It's official. OMGPOP is now a part of Zynga. Also noted in the call: picture saving and chat as possible updates, people don't like the word "latrine," and over 1 billion drawings have been created since the game's launch. The more you know!

  • http://twitter.com/limey0 limey0

    Champaign. Oh I see what you did there.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Lion autocorrect: Making me look like an illiterate moron since July 20th, 2011.

  • Spasillium

    Pretty much: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yg2u_De8j5o

    If you can't beat first, buy them.

  • Adams Immersive

    I just can’t support Zynga after what they’ve taken (not bought!) from smaller devs—like Tony Tower—as well as the obnoxious ways they handle ads and push IAP. It’s sad to see them take over games like WWF and Draw Something. (But the Zynga purchase does give some reward to the smaller dev being bought, I realize.)

  • knoids

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Lame.

  • http://twitter.com/JCman7 James Donnellon

    *facepalm*

  • Ava1on

    I read that headline as "All Things SadFace, Zynga Buys Draw Something Creator OMGPOP for $200m" and I have to agree.

  • http://twitter.com/mattlukens Matt Lukens

    Great... I'd like my .99 cents back... seriously.

    • http://photovoltaik.bandcamp.com/ Ujn Hunter

       If they make it so you can't play with the version you already have then I don't see how you couldn't ask for a refund.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OoOoOomonkey John Usher

    Damn it. I like draw something.

  • Austin Riddle

    I do not support Zynga, or EA and bought this game under the pretences that they had nothing to do with it.  I've now deleted this app, and will never touch it again.

  • MidianGTX

    Oh, nice... *deletes app*.

  • http://twitter.com/stooneyoriginal Stooney

    I started with DrawSomething only today and quite like it. I was just about to cough up the 99c just to support the guys.
    But not only does it seem that they are doing very well for themselves anyway, I will NEVER give any money to Zynga.
    Guess I will keep on playing free for a while as long as it's in its current state and not Zyngafied yet.

  • http://twitter.com/dtstro Stro

    Glad I waited an extra day before buying this. No chance in iOS hell anymore, thanks ahead of time Zynga for saving me a buck! 

  • knoids

    I wonder why you would sell draw something? It seems like it will make more than 200 million!

    • http://twitter.com/dtstro Stro

      But $200mil up front will give them not only a reason to laugh all the way to the bank, but also unlimited resources (thanks to the big payday) make make more and/or possibly do it again with a different company? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18100020 Mark Heftler

    I seriously don't understand the love of Draw Something. In my experience, it's been a glitchy piece of garbage, and I'm one of the idiots who doled out a dollar for it. When a match comes up as "my turn," instead of watching my friend's guess and then guessing on their drawing, it typically skips right to my drawing a word. The word selection is terrible, I've played for only a few days and already seen words duplicated regularly. And what is up with the bomb things? They're not incredibly useful, but boy am I glad that OMGPOP was willing to give me 5 free ones across the lifetime of an application.

    Remind me how Zynga will make that worse?

    • mclifford82

      Looks like you've had a very crappy experience.  I've not once had that happen.  It'd be nice if you could get it sorted, it's a great game.

    • http://twitter.com/LearnIIBurn Tyler Piderit

      I like Draw Something. But I feel like there are about 50 words. I've drawn Plumber 5 times now, bookcase 3, and Japan like 7. They need a waaaaaaaaaaay bigger database of words.

      • Austin Riddle

        I played draw something last night and by round 5 my GF had already done 3 Jersey Shore characters.  Zynga + Jersey Shore = Instant Delete

    • Tanner Arnett

      I would have to agree.  My experience has been similar.  And I know 10 other family/friends I play with would agree.  I played the game for about a week and then lost interest to keep playing.  Really what is the motivation to keep going?  To keep your rally count high?  This game gets boring fast.  Out of the thousands of words I could draw why am I constantly seeing the same words appear.

      If they could implement some type of score system or incentive to keep drawing with some different modes then I would probably enjoy the game much more.  Zynga buying them seems like a good thing to me.  I still play words with friends and hanging with friends daily. 

      • MidianGTX

        Ever heard of Pictionary? There aren't constant rewards in that either. If you don't like the game for what it is, you won't enjoy it. It's not supposed to be building up to some grand finale and a huge payout.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CUJHSQSQYTYT4DPZSKTVESYNQ B

         Because guessing stuff and drawing stuff for people to guess is fun?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GOBJ3YZSPP3OVH75SUGR6TLO2U addiedog

      I've noticed only one repeat so far in the months I've been playing, but the worse thing I have seen is that skip a turn bug.  It's a major bug.  I updated my app recently, and it's still not fixed.  It allows me to draw another picture for my friend before she has even guessed the previous one.  Then, when it says it's my turn, I watch the drawing (the most recent one) that she's trying to guess, and I see her entering the answer for the previous drawing!  I don't know what to do now.  It's stuck.  I love this game, but this is an annoying reoccurring problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=18100020 Mark Heftler

    I seriously don't understand the love of Draw Something. In my experience, it's been a glitchy piece of garbage, and I'm one of the idiots who doled out a dollar for it. When a match comes up as "my turn," instead of watching my friend's guess and then guessing on their drawing, it typically skips right to my drawing a word. The word selection is terrible, I've played for only a few days and already seen words duplicated regularly. And what is up with the bomb things? They're not incredibly useful, but boy am I glad that OMGPOP was willing to give me 5 free ones across the lifetime of an application.

    Remind me how Zynga will make that worse?

  • http://twitter.com/EMTKing Carlos Bautista

    I do not support zynga charadium 2 is better either way =)

  • Alex

    I don't know why people hate Zynga so much.  I play Zynga Poker as do all my Facebook friends and we have NEVER purchased any real money items and have never had to wait to play.  I don't see the issue here.  On top of that, Zynag Poker is quite possibly the best multiplayer poker game available on the iPhone and I can invite my friends to play when I go on.

    Seems to me a lot of people overreact.  Like the age old process goes, why not wait until you have any changes before jumping to conclusions and their history of acquisitions is spotty at best so your assumption can go either way.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/NissaCam Nissa Campbell

      I don't particularly hate Zynga, but there are good reasons. There's the whole thing with them copying games they want if the developers refuse to sell, and the unfortunate things that have happened to Newtoy's apps (the With Friends titles) and Drop7 since Zynga picked them up. It's reason for concern if you like an app and they buy out the developers. 

  • Linuxuser1

    *hold down icon* *press red x* *confirm delete*

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

       Wait, what did you just do? Are you a mime? Are you mime typing?

      This is getting out of hand, someone needs to stop this.

  • mclifford82

    Queue the Zynga Butthurt Brigade.  Gotta love all the people saying they're going to stop playing an awesome game just cause it got bought out.

    • http://twitter.com/xmcgraw David McGraw

      Pretty much. It was good while it lasted, but there are plenty of other awesome games out there deserving of my time.

    • Austin Riddle

      It's called morals, and obviously lots of people don't have them.  I believe video games to be one of the last unbiased arts, and it's $hit like this that needs to be squashed in order to preserve any sort of creativity and credibility in the industry.

      • JCat_NY

        Thank you for an intelligent explanation. Fully agreed!

      • http://twitter.com/StarkGumbus James Preston

        Now, an individual can be unbiased, and data can be unbiased, but I don't understand what you mean when you say that art can be unbiased. Could you perhaps explain what you mean?

    • MidianGTX

      It's ironic you accuse the people who want to make a stand against shady business ethics in the games industry of being butthurt, when it's actually the people bending over and letting Zynga have their wicked way that are likely to be bleeding from the rear.

  • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

    Ah, crap.  Now it's going to get all bloated beyond belief and take 4x as long to load.

  • http://twitter.com/xmcgraw David McGraw

    Deleted.

  • Sean Yuan

    I'm surprised everyone here thinks Zynga bought OMGPOP just because Draw Something has been successful. OMGPOP has been Zynga's direct competitor for online social games for years now. Go check out OMGPOP.com..

    @back2this:twitter 

  • ChristianNelson

    Sucks ass, for consumer, zynga is all about dollars, gaming fun gone puff. I say let's ban all IAP software…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/S3RR5G7RFG2NMURSTZL3G57HCE BloodFidelity

    Don't want to support Zynga? Then support a better game and buy Charadium II.
    It's much better than Draw Something.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Castle-Huang/100000786144432 Castle Huang

    WTF. so quick

  • http://twitter.com/Dalie81 Dalie

    Now all I wait for is the news that EA bought up Zynga.

  • Austin Riddle

    If zynga burnt down I don't think I'd care

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481176432 Ricky Kurniawan

    What???

    Zynga will ruin everything!

  • Hoggy110

    And the game turns into freemium ****, like every other zynga thing

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481176432 Ricky Kurniawan

      luckily I didn't download it ,

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1481176432 Ricky Kurniawan

    Hate Zynga?

    Then I think it's time to rate the game 1 stars and delete it...

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5FLRQI2X2LU3IHMCG7HEAEFD5I Cat Astrophy

    Why all the Zygna hate? They copy games. So does Rovio. You got Angry Birds still? Hypocrite.

  • robotnyk

    OMGPOP is not a really creative bunch themselves, just check out the flash games they offer on their site, accompanied with some shameless microtransactions, so I think they will fit in quite well with Zynga. But it's still funny how quickly they bended over when Zynga waved it's checkbook around. :)

    • Jaywu

      Pretty much anyone would bend over and sell when Zynga wave a 2 million dollar cheque around, including all the people above who are sobbing and deleting their game. Fact!

      • robotnyk

        I would call that speculation, not a fact. It's not like they need that kind of money immediately for anything other than to feed the greed monster.

      • Jaywu

        Yeah because no one wants 200 million more dollars than they had last week :!

      • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.blokzijl Brandon Blokzijl

        200-210 million for "Draw Something" actually.

  • Rene Laurent

    Not buying Zynga, EA or Gameloft games evar! XD

  • http://www.facebook.com/erikbmoller Erik Moller

    Now's the time to start buying Zynga stocks. They're cheap at $14 a share. In 3-5 years they'll be well over $100. My other recommendations were Apple (back in 2008 after the iPhone's success), Lululemen (went from $6 to $77) and several Canadian bank stocks. Right now, Zynga is BUY BUY BUY!!!

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     Countdown to "Draw Cash" ... 5, 4, 3, 2...

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3QPP6JC74IQWZWNT2XOPCRVZIA Moreno

    ouhhh    boring  juragan tidak bisa main poker,,,,aduhhhhh