Posted: 5:38 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013
By Francesca Louise Fenzi
Zynga plans to shut down OMGPop.com for good on September 30.
OMGPop's cyber home--the gaming portal OMGPop.com--will be shut down for good and a handful of the developer's games wiped from the cyber sphere by September 30th, TechCrunch reports.
This closure will affect multiple games from the service, both on Facebook and through its own portal. Furthermore, a few games will be getting the boot earlier than others. At least four, Facebook games Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ and Snoops will be terminated on August 29.
However, the shut-down does not appear to effect Draw Something or Draw My Thing, which will still be available to gamers on Facebook. Zynga bought OMGPop in 2012 for $200 million.
"Our goal at Zynga is to give players the opportunity to play the most fun and social games on the web. With this goal in mind, we have decided to close some OMGPOP games to make way for new and exciting gaming opportunities," Zynga explained in a company statement.
It's been a long, slow fall from the top for gaming company Zynga.
Last August marked the resignation of former Zynga COO John Shappert, followed by loss of employee morale, and rumored collapse. In June of this year, the gaming company brutally laid-off 18 percent of its workforce in an effort to cut costs, and closed down the brick-and-mortar office.