Zynga Japan is closing shop, as was suggested by the company’s CEO Mark Pincus back in October.
“In addition to these studios, we are also making a small number of partner team reductions,” Pincus writes. “In all, we will unfortunately be parting ways with approximately 5 percent of our full time workforce. We don’t take these decisions lightly as we recognize the impact to our colleagues and friends who have been on this journey with us. We appreciate their amazing contributions and will miss them.”
The closure was made official on Zynga Japan CEO Kenji Matsubara’s facebook page, where he thanked everyone who supported them and gave their games a chance. Three of their games have already been axed - Machitsuku, a city building game, Mojitomo, a scrabble clone and a monster training RPG called Montopia. Ayakashi, their mobile card game will continue to function after the developers’ closure in January 2013 is finalized.
Zynga Japan was founded in July 2010 after a $150 million investment from Softbank.
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