Zynga

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

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.

July 18, 2008

Zynga raises a $25,000,000 series B round from Institutional Venture Partners, Avalon Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Union Square Ventures and Foundry Group.

January 1, 2008

Zynga raises a $10,000,000 series A round from Clarium Capital, Avalon Ventures, Brad Feld, Peter Thiel, SV Angel, Union Square Ventures, Foundry Group and Reid Hoffman.

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Alexander Lloyd

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

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Allan Kaplan

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Andrew Trader

Founder

Brad Feld

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Charles Highsmith

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Daniel Keelan

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Daniel Saito

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David Peinsipp

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Deborah Reynolds

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djdojah

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Edward Kinsey

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Eric Marcoullier

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Eric Schiermeyer

Founder

Frank Maresca

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Fred Wilson

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Ivan Lenev

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Izhar Armony

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Jack K.N. Tsai

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Jason Portnoy

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Jean Marie Kouri

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Jeff Cohn

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Judith Taylor

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Justin Waldron

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Kevin Martinez

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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 [...]
Jordan Crook
January 29, 2020
TechCrunch
Early Stage SF is around the corner, and we are more than excited for this brand new event. The intimate gathering of founders, VCs, operators and tech industry experts is all about giving founders the tools they need to find success, no matter the challenge ahead of them. Struggling to understand the legal aspects of [...]
Jackie Dunham
December 19, 2019
CTVNews
The usernames and passwords of more than 172 million accounts were exposed in a hack of the company behind the popular game 'Words with Friends,' according to a data monitoring website.
Walter Thompson
November 21, 2019
TechCrunch
Growth means different things at different companies, but correctly identifying avenues for sustainable and scalable growth is a universal priority.
Sarah Perez
October 21, 2019
TechCrunch
Amazon-owned game streaming service Twitch has snagged Zynga's chief marketing officer, Doug Scott, to join as its own CMO, the company announced today. At Zynga, Scott led global marketing for just over three years. Prior to that, he was CMO at the music startup BandPage and the VP, Marketing and Revenue at mobile game publisher, [...]
Radio-Canada
October 1, 2019
Radio-Canada.ca
Un pirate connu dit avoir obtenu les noms, adresses courriel, mots de passe chiffrés, numéros de téléphone et identifiants Facebook de 218 millions de joueurs et joueuses de Words With Friends, un jeu de lettres fort populaire sur iOS, Android et Facebook.
Carly Page
September 30, 2019
http://www.theinquirer.net
Zynga hack exposes data fo 218 million Words with Friends players
Lucas Matney
September 24, 2019
TechCrunch
Investors are betting on gaming platforms as an area of consumer tech with plenty of room left to grow. Today, Manticore Games, a stealth gaming startup announced that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding from Benchmark Capital, Correlation Ventures, BITKRAFT Esports Ventures, M Ventures, Arrive, Sapphire Sport, Tuesday Capital, and SV Angel. The [...]
Manish Singh
May 27, 2019
TechCrunch
Shan Kadavil, who spent early days of his career managing tech support firm Support and then heading India operations of gaming firm Zynga, says he had a calling of sorts when his son was born. Kadavil realized that much of the meat that sells in India is not exactly healthy. The perishables are loaded with [...]
Reuters Editorial
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FarmVille game maker Zynga Inc said on Thursday it would buy an 80 percent stake in Empires & Puzzles publisher, Small Giant Games, for $560 million in a move to strengthen its gaming portfolio.
Kate Clark
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TechCrunch
Social game developer Zynga will initially acquire 80 percent of Small Giant Games for $560 million.

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