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Zynga chief operating officer John Schappert has left the company as it struggles to recover from its poor financial performance and plummeting stock. The online gaming biz said in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that Schappert was off, but the firm was keen to point out that his exit had nothing to do with …

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Mushroom

Smell that?

Smells like comeuppance is coming...

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Tingalinnnnnggg

Is this a cheese shop?

Oh Yes, Sir!

I'd like to buy some Argyle Zynga Blue please....

It's a bit runny, Sir...

Facebook will probably buy them while they're going runny cheap, then they can keep the money in house.

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Re: Tingalinnnnnggg

I doubt Facebook would buy them. They have no way of making a profit. There's no point. Better just keep milking them until they go under.

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Given their recent deal with Hasbro for board versions of some of Zynga's rip-offs, they seems a more likely suitor.

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FAIL

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Mind you, just looked at FarceBork's shares and they're pretty fecked, too... $20.72

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The fact that Hasbro would deal with that pirate outfit company at all made me lose a lot of respect for the suits at Hasbro. I mean really, look what Hasbro is getting out of the deal:

http://www.licensemag.com/licensemag/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=784226

A Farmville version of the board game "Hungry Hungry Hippos?" Yeah, that looks like a really big winner to me. I bet it will really fly off the shelves. *yawn* Meanwhile, Zynga will be able to create online game versions of many of Hasbro's board games, and do it legally using Hasbro's trademarked names this time! Personally, I think Zynga's pulling a fast one on ol' Hasbro here and getting the lion's share of this deal, which irks me because I don't want to see anything that extends the life of the cutthroat Facebook leech any further.

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Sounds like a prime company for Facebook to snap up.

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Devil

Surely without farmville and its like facebook will lose half its logins a day and high millions of users.......

Que desperate buy by the Zuck to keep share price above $15........

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Trollface

There's that little stock thing

You know, where the same quarter earnings were tanking but before it was publicly disclosed, insiders dumped half a billion dollars in stock? Part of that pesky shareholder lawsuit.

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Overseer of games

I'd have thought that was quite a minor role, in what is essentially an advertising business using pretty lame entertainment as the bait.

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Trollface

Zynga board games lol

Lizards and Ladders

Candy Realm

Cousin Wiggly

etc.

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Re: Zynga board games lol

And Oligopoly... or is that hitting a bit close?

Maybe the answer will show up in a round of Casual Chase.

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No surprise whatsoever

It shares the business model with Facebook: invade privacy to make money. The difference is that Facebook does it on its won, Zygna is dependent FB feeding it.

FB may buy it, but I suspect that FB will wait before the corpse has nearly stopped twitching. Their current share price gives no reason for largesse..

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one born every minute

I know they won't admit it but everyone knows this company was named after Sheldon from Big Bang Theory catch phrase.

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It's Pincus' copycat operation with limited lifetime from the beginning...

It's Pincus' copycat operation with limited lifetime from the beginning...

...anyone can see just by looking at their games - all are blatant and unabashed ripoffs of existing games ever since Zynga's first appearance on the market...

Mafia Wars: http://techcrunch.com/2009/09/13/zynga-settles-mob-wars-litigation-as-it-settles-in-to-playdom-war/

Cafe World: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2009/12/cloning-or-theft-ars-explores-game-design-with-jenova-chen/

FarmVille: http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-09-08/news/farmvillains/

Dream Heights: http://toucharcade.com/2012/01/24/zynga-shamelessly-rips-off-tiny-tower-with-canadian-release-of-dream-heights/

Bingo: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109-57368167-2/another-day-another-accusation-that-zynga-is-copying-competitors/

The key behind their modus operandi is this CEO/Parasite-in-Chief Pincus and his completely broken moral compass:

>>"I don't &^%ing want innovation," the ex-employee recalls Pincus saying. "You're not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers."<<

Besides being a free-riding parasite Pincus also exemplifies an utterly disgusting executive style: giving out shares when you are small and you desperately need talent and hard work and when money starts flowing in you simply force these small shareholder-employees to give it up right before your IPO? It's called *&^%bag in my dictionary:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204621904577018373223480802.html

I hardly ever root for EA but in this case I cannot wait to see them to grab and crush this parasite.

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