If someone wants to give you 2.25 billion, you say yes.
Zynga's latest big-ticket acquisition has already figured out how to draw in users, but now Draw Something has an ad model that brings brands into the picture.
So this is another bubble forming, right?
Right now someone at Microsoft is pitching buying Zynga to a disinterested conference room.
Zynga's evil because of their habit of stealing and remaking other people's/companies games sometimes down to the individual art bitmaps, mistreating employees and trying to sue their way through criticism. Not to mention attempts to use an incredibly dubious patent relating to online currency to derail competitors.
Calling Zynga "evil" helps no one. Zynga pays very well, and as a result employs many extremely talented developers (aided by the fortuitous timing of FarmVille's popularity explosion coinciding with massive layoffs at major studios near San Francisco; EA and LucasArts both cut ~10% of their employees around that time). Arguments against Zynga should be based on explicit problems, backed with evidence. Pointless namecalling only makes it easier to dismiss actual problems when they do arise.
Zynga is evil for creating games that tons of people play endlessly and their reasons for playing these games really annoy you.
-The monetization is expected, but it's like, extra greedy. You get a grand total of 5 colors to work with to start, and the rate at which you earn 'coins' all but demands you shell out cash for 'color packs' (My Santa, for example, had blue skin)
No one's handing out suitcases full of cash. That's $2.25 billion worth of ZNGA stock. If that offer was made around March 5th, it's now worth $1.28 billion, and falling.
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