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Zynga

Zynga is a provider of social game services founded in 2007 by Mark Pincus, Justin Waldron, Andrew Trader, Steve Schoettler and Eric Schiermeyer.

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Timeline

April 29, 2021
Zynga and Rollic acquires the hyper-casual game studio Uncosoft.
August 2020
Zynga acquires 80% of Rollic company for approximately $180 million in cash.
November 2017
Zynga acquires one division of Peak Games, its mobile card games studio, for $100 million in cash.
2017
Zynga acquires Turkey's Peak Games for $1.8B, after buying its card games studio for $100M in 2017.

June 2009
Zynga launches popular farming-simulation game FarmVille.
July 18, 2008
Zynga raises a $25,000,000 series B round from Avalon Ventures, Foundry Group, Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Union Square Ventures.
January 1, 2008
Zynga raises a $10,000,000 series A round from Avalon Ventures, Brad Feld, Clarium Capital, Foundry Group, Peter Thiel, Reid Hoffman, SV Angel and Union Square Ventures.

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Acquisitions

People

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Alexander Lloyd

Investor

Alison Leigh, Ph.D, MFT, Sex Educator, Organizational Psychologist/

Advisor

Allan Kaplan

Investor

Andrew Trader

Founder

Brad Feld

Investor

Charles Highsmith

Investor

Daniel Keelan

Investor

Daniel Saito

Investor

David Peinsipp

Attorney

Deborah Reynolds

Investor

djdojah

Advisor

Edward Kinsey

Advisor

Eric Marcoullier

Advisor

Eric Schiermeyer

Founder

Frank Maresca

Investor

Fred Wilson

Investor

Ivan Lenev

Investor

Izhar Armony

Investor

Jack K.N. Tsai

Investor

Jason Portnoy

Investor

Jean Marie Kouri

Investor

Jeff Cohn

Investor

Judith Taylor

Investor

Justin Waldron

Founder

Kevin Martinez

Investor

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Crunchbase News
October 7, 2021
Crunchbase News
Crunchbase News' top picks of the news to stay current in the VC and startup world.
Martine Paris
August 11, 2021
Time
After a decade of rebuilding, Zynga is back on the top of its game. However, an easing of COVID-19 restrictions could spell trouble.
Alex Wilhelm
May 21, 2021
TechCrunch
This morning, we're looking at the Jam City deal to merge with DPCM Capital. Jam City is a bit like Zynga, but unless you are a mobile-gaming aficionado, you might not have heard of it.
May 12, 2021
Harvard Business Review
Rebecca, Rawi, and Felix discuss earnings and the recent performance of companies they follow.
Anthony Ha
April 29, 2021
TechCrunch
Last year, Zynga bought hyper-casual game maker Rollic. Today, Rollic is a Zynga subsidiary, and it's announcing the acquisition of another game studio called Uncosoft. Like Rollic, Uncosoft develops hyper-casual games and is based in Turkey (Istanbul in Rollic's case, Izmir in Uncosoft's). In fact, Rollic has already published a couple of Uncosoft games, most [...]
Ingrid Lunden
March 3, 2021
TechCrunch
Games company Zynga has been on an acquisition tear the last several years to beef up its activity in particular in mobile and casual-puzzle games, spending over $3 billion to pick up a range of startups across Europe (specifically Turkey and Finland) in the process. Today, however, it's taking a turn towards more immersive, highly [...]
Virendra Singh Rawat
February 24, 2021
@bsindia
A good number of prestigious first-time recruiters were also on-boarded this time apart from the legacy recruiters offering diverse job profiles
Artie
February 17, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Artie, a platform for next-gen instant mobile games, today announced a $10M seed round that includes a diverse group of top investors from...
Anthony Ha
February 10, 2021
TechCrunch
If you're wondering why Zynga issued $875 million in convertible notes at the end of 2020, CEO Frank Gibeau said the company was fundraising to build up a "war chest" for more acquisitions. "As you know, we've been a consolidator inside of this business for a while, and we're going to continue to be on [...]
Aditya Saroha
January 11, 2021
The Hindu
The popular farming-simulation game launched by Zynga in June 2009 redefined playing online with the phrase, 'social gaming'.
John Naughton
January 9, 2021
the Guardian
The Flash-based title, now put to rest alongside Adobe's animation tool, was much derided, but broadened the appeal of computer games
Annie Musgrove
December 10, 2020
Tech.eu
Game developer Rollic, an Istanbul-based subsidiary of Zynga, has bought the popular matching game Onnect from fellow Turkish company CHEF Game Studio for $6 million. A future payment of $1 million hangs in the balance of terms and conditions. Onnect is a connection-based pair-matching game with challenging levels. In the game, players must find matching [...]
Martine Paris
November 6, 2020
Business Insider
Bark's Werdelin is embracing the Danish concept of "hygge," or a feeling of coziness, during the pandemic by starting his day with family cuddles.
Anthony Ha
November 4, 2020
TechCrunch
Zynga's revenue grew to a record $503 million (up 46% year-over-year) in the third quarter, with bookings of $628 million (up 59%), according to its latest earnings report. It also had its best mobile daily active user (31 million) and monthly active user (83 million) numbers in six years. But things weren't all rosy: The [...]
Anthony Ha
October 2, 2020
TechCrunch
Zynga announced in August that it would be acquiring Istanbul-based Rollic, developer and publisher of hyper-casual gaming hits like Go Knots 3D and Tangle Master 3D. Today, it says the deal has closed. To be clear, Zynga doesn't completely own Rollic yet. Instead, it's purchased 80% of the company for approximately $180 million in cash, [...]
Kirsten Korosec
August 31, 2020
TechCrunch
Reinvent Technology Partners, a new special purpose acquisition company formed by famed investor and serial entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, Zynga founder Mark Pincus and veteran hedge fund manager Michael Thompson, filed Monday for a $600 million initial public offering. The SPAC was formed by Hoffman, Pincus and Thompson, formerly of BHR Capital, with the intention of [...]
Sarah Perez
June 17, 2020
TechCrunch
Zynga's popular game, Words with Friends, is coming to Alexa. The new voice-powered game will be known as Word Pop, and -- sorry -- you can't actually play it with friends right now, even though the game lives within Zynga's broader Words with Friends franchise. Instead, the new Alexa voice game is viewed as a [...]
Mary Ann Azevedo
June 1, 2020
Crunchbase News
Istanbul-based Peak has raised a known total of just $18 million since its 2010 inception.
Anthony Ha
June 1, 2020
TechCrunch
SpaceX made history this weekend, tech executives respond to the ongoing protests against racism and Zynga announces a big acquisition. Here's your Daily Crunch for June 1, 2020. 1. SpaceX's first crewed spacecraft successfully docks with the International Space Station SpaceX's Crew Dragon "Endeavor" successfully docked with the International Space Station as planned on Sunday [...]
Ingrid Lunden
June 1, 2020
TechCrunch
Today, some news of a huge acquisition out of Turkey that represents the first billion-dollar-plus exit for a startup out of the country. Social gaming company Zynga confirmed that it is buying Istanbul-based Peak Games, the company behind popular Candy-Crush-style mobile gaming apps Toon Blast and Toy Blast, for $1.8 billion -- $900 million in [...]
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