Virtual and Physical gaming moguls team up. Coming off of some very questionable decisions and a few lawsuits, Zynga and Hasbro announce that they will be teaming up to release board games of a few of Zynga’s popular board games.
Cityville Monopoly, Words with Friends, Farmville, and Draw something are all on their way to the board game market this fall. According to the company, Cityville Monopoly will pit players against each other in a race to build 4 skyscrapers to claim victory.
Brace yourself, I’m going to describe what Words with Friends will be like in 1 word…. Ready? Are you sure? I don’t want to shock you into a coma with these mind blowing details? Scrabble. Yup. Scrabble. there you go. A board game where you spell words. With the next two You’d think that with the lawsuits against Zynga right now that Hasbro would not want to join the fun but it seems as if they don’t care about being included in the court room fun. Farmville is “Hungry Hungry Hippos without the Hippos” while Draw Something will be a hands on version of the game or basically Pictonary.
Now, this announcement is coming on the heels of a filed EA lawsuit stating that “Not only does The Ville blatantly mimic the entire framework and style of gameplay in The Sims Social, but it so closely copies the original, creative expression and unique elements of The Sims Social” This isn’t the first time that they have done something like this.
Similar Lawsuits from:
– Nimblebit’s Tiny Tower
– Buffalo Studio’ Bingo Blitz
Oh, Did the I mention the class action suit that Zynga is facing because of insider trading…. Using loopholes and magic tricks a list of people where able to sell at 12 dollars a share before the stock plummeted from 12 to 3 dollars a share…. Where’s the poop the Zynga? (that my friends is a “How I Met Your Mother” reference…) Yeah, you know in the day and age where people are looking for such a thing, they went ahead and did it. Not just them. There’s a list……
– Pincus sold 16.5 million shares and made out with $200 million,
– Google sold 4 million for $48 million
– Zynga COO John Schappert sold 322,000 shares for $3.9 million
And more. Reportedly they spent 16 million plus to make this happen as well. *Slow Clap* Wow, so 16 million to write a loophole and cash at for $516 Million which they will lose in a lawsuit to investors and EA. All while releasing a few questionable board games that will probably get them sued as well? *Cue cartoon crashing sound*
It was nice knowing you Zynga, you have balls but I don’t think you can survive this. I could be wrong but my Magic 8 ball is telling me differently. What do you nerds think? is this the end or will Zynga’s story live on? Let us know in the comments below!