Zynga Baltimore closed, studios consolidated in NYC, Dallas and Austin

Zynga to "focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities"

Zynga has closed its Baltimore office and consolidated studios in New York, McKinney and Austin.


"We are closing the McKinney, Texas and downtown Austin offices and relocating those teams near-by to our existing Dallas and North Austin offices, explained Zynga COO David Ko in an official statement.

"We will be consolidating our NYC offices to move staff to our NYC mobile studio," he added, before confirming the closure of Zynga Baltimore.

The changes come a part of "an effort to leverage resources as we focus on creating franchises and driving profitability", said Ko.

"Whenever we make changes like this, we have to make some tough decisions around products, teams and people. We were able to relocate everyone in the Baltimore office who requested a transfer, and the overall impact of the consolidations on our team is minimal," he added, with layoffs reportedly affecting around 1 per cent of the company's staff - or around 30 people.

"These changes will further enable us to focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities. We're already working to execute on leveraging franchises to build the largest game network and be profitable on an adjusted EBITDA basis. We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm confident that we're on the right path to deliver on the potential of Zynga," he concluded.

The company confirmed the closure of its Japan-based studio on January 31, shortly after Brian Reynolds, the Baltimore studio's chief game designer who had worked at Zynga for four years, resigned from his position at the company.