“People were ripping up Zynga hoodies and T-shirts”
Earlier today we reported on the massive firing from social gaming giant, Zynga. With 520 of their staff gone, this meant that their latest acquisition OMGPOP was sacrificed during the company’s shuffle. A former OMGPOP developer has spoken out against their former employer and the final days at the studio. The ex-employee said that he was far from being upset and ultimately, the team felt a kind of “relief” after only working 15 months for the company.
The employee preferred to remain anonymous in his interview with Business Insider but was ultimately known things would come to an end. In their final weeks, he noted they could “feel things were slowing down”. With all the usual displeasure that redundancy brings, it was good to see the former employee as optimistic. “Most layoffs are sad. You imagine big corporate settings where security is there to lead people out of the office so they don’t make a scene. This was the opposite. Music was being played loudly, and people were ripping up Zynga hoodies and T-shirts.”
Only six weeks after Draw Something was released and Zynga announced that it was closing OMGPOP along with other United States offices in Los Angeles, Austin and Dallas. A total of 18% of their workforce gone in the blink of an eye and we hope that the developers, producers, artists and musicians all find work soon.
The employee added that there was little explanation at the time and they were told with “no hard facts or figures”. “Just typical corporate BS,” as he or she called it. Some had thought the disbandment of OMGPOP would have come sooner when their (former) boss Dan Porter decided to leave Zynga only days before Draw Something 2’s release date.
OMGPop may have been the last hopeful bastion for social games and with nothing new or exciting on the horizon, it’s hard to imagine the trend going past 2013. Draw Something was a wonderful memetic sensation that I clearly remember having hours of fun with friends, strangers and family, all with just a bit of drawing and our imagination.
This is for you OMGPOP!