omgpoplogoIf you're the type to follow along with the behind-the-scenes stories of the game industry, then you're well aware that Zynga has been in a nasty downward spiral recently. Just flip through this list of headlines over at TechCrunch and it's pretty much all bad news.

Earlier today, TechCrunch reported that Zynga will be shutting down the OMGPOP.com website, which served as the humble beginnings for the studio that would go on to create the popular Pictionary-like app Draw Something. Zynga bought OMGPOP and the Draw Something IP for around $200 million in March of last year, but with their recent downturn they've laid off nearly the entire OMGPOP staff as they race to trim the fat around their company.

In a follow-up report, sources tell TechCrunch that members of the OMGPOP team were in talks with Zynga to buy back the actual website, games and IP that lives on OMGPOP.com, even if that didn't include the mega-successful Draw Something IP, but that Zynga has refused to sell any of it due to the amount of legal red tape it would take to do such a thing.

The actual shut-down date for OMGPOP.com is September 30th, though a handful of the playable games on the site are closing earlier, at the end of August. Draw Something, Draw Something 2 and the original that inspired both Draw My Thing will continue running for the time being, however.

We haven't really been covering much of Zynga's woes recently, as we'd rather point you towards some cool games you could be playing rather than detail a huge company's flaming out, but we've all enjoyed Draw Something so much over the past year and a half that it's sad to see the final nail in the coffin of the studio that brought it to us.

[TechCrunch]

  • ImJPaul

    It's sad that a giant like Zynga can take such small companies and take them with them. A sad day for all their employees.

  • hourglass

    I wish Zynga shut down, the idea stealing bastards.

    • LearnIIBurn

      I live very close to their headquarters. It's like an American Apparel sweatshop warehouse.

      • LearnIIBurn

        From the outside that is :).

  • Wizard_Mike

    How lame. Small company does well, gets picked up by big company, then big company tanks and dumps small company like a hot potato. Small company wants to pay to keep working on the foundation that they created so they can have jobs and feed families and all that, but big company refuses because it's too much paperwork.

    Way to crap on the American dream, corporate America. I hope this serves as a lesson to small developers that selling into the big corps can end up with your entire business in the trash can. I imagine omgpop would have done just fine on their own. Maybe not as financially successful in the short term, but we can see how it turned out for them long term...

    • DemoEvolved

      Ok but on the other hand the omgpop kids made a total killing, basically made one breakout hit and sold out for 200 mill. That's tens of mil $$$ for each of them. Tbh it was a dumb valuation by zynga. Really dumb. So in my books if they want to shut down the brand with prejudice over the absence of new aaa creative flowing out of the studio, I think they've paid sufficiently to do so. The omgpop kids aren't hard up. They can start up a new studio. I vote for "lolsnap" which is perfect on so many levels

      • http://www.artificeguild.com/ Briony of Artifice

        Hardly. Most employees got less than 200k.

      • DemoEvolved

        Can you post a source for that info? Thx

  • MonkeyChunks

    Maybe Z deserves the downward spiral, some of my friends who worked in the qa department said the way it was organized was horrible.

    • Karzay

      I have friends who work there as well. They have little to nothing positive to say about the company.

  • Karzay

    Karma.

  • HatfulOfHollow

    Good to see Zynga dying.

  • rewyan

    I hope Zynga gets bought one day, and all of their employees get fired and all of their games are shut down.

  • TheGrimCreeper

    I never liked Zynga, and I never will. Sad loss for the company.

  • whitestatic

    It would be in the founders best interest to just start fresh. The OMGPOP brand and properties have been tainted by Zynga. Spending money on ruined properties only works in real estate. The true value is in the talented skills of the designers and coders and that is something that Zynga DOES NOT own. Get the ol' gang back together and create something new.

  • XvEsunavX

    Every time I boot my computer I'm forced to feel a wave of nausea thanks to zynga (and my mobo, but that isn't the topic). In my bios flash it checks on boot to make sure I have a zynga shortcut and pin on my task bar. If not, it happily forces them back on there for me. I've been disgusted with what zynga does for a long while. While I'm happy that they're on the downslope I'm sad to see the rank and file lose jobs.

    • Chester_Copperpot

      How did that come about?

      • XvEsunavX

        Idk really. My failing psu fried my mobo and gpu and when I replaced them one at a time the new mobo forces the shortcut and pin. Short of messing with its flash memory (which I'm not interested in) I'm stuck with it until I upgrade my tower again.

  • Jak Constantine

    Twitch tv Swiftor I feel sorry for him since he works for OMGPOP. Hate Zynga. Sooner they are gone the better. Hope OMGPOP recover some way.

  • BillyOceansBlues

    zynga was pulling the mobile gaming industry closer and closer to glorified casino machines. ta hell with 'em.

  • GameExp3rt

    No I wana play balloono its so fun

  • EscortGamer

    Two words: WHO CARE!?

  • Quazonk

    YES. Zynga, if you're reading this, all I can say is *points finger in face, 1 inch from tip of nose* HAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! YES!