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I dislike just about all zynga games. Anything that just about forces you to buy ingame purchases just to have a decent amount of fun, ie skins more coins etc. Why Cant people just make games for an initial price that contains everything inclucding unlocked. THE GAMING WORLD, IT SADDENS MY FACE
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Friend of mine just got a job at Zynga a few months ago, curious to hear what she thinks of this whole thing.

If you talk to her, would you mind answering that for me too?
I'm being completely serious, as I am wondering why Zynga is looking for potential employees but is currently laying off people like it is here. I'm looking for jobs myself and Zynga was a potential place to apply to.
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Why Cant people just make games for an initial price that contains everything inclucding unlocked.


The sheep are dumb.
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I'm pretty sure the developers they bought are perfectly happy though. So it's not all bad rolleyes.gif.

The owners of the companies that were bought, maybe, but that's about it. It's not like anyone else in the company gets anything out of the deal, unless they got raises or something, which is rare. Half of the time companies buy a studio and lay off a large chunk of the developers, minus the engineers/programmers.

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I dislike just about all zynga games. Anything that just about forces you to buy ingame purchases just to have a decent amount of fun, ie skins more coins etc. Why Cant people just make games for an initial price that contains everything inclucding unlocked. THE GAMING WORLD, IT SADDENS MY FACE

People do make those kinds of games, and they often make less money. In-app purchases make up about 70% of the total iOS income, for example.
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At least the field is highly in demand for them to find jobs at other iOS/Android development firms.

I really wouldn't mind watching Zynga continue to tank, though.
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If you talk to her, would you mind answering that for me too?
I'm being completely serious, as I am wondering why Zynga is looking for potential employees but is currently laying off people like it is here. I'm looking for jobs myself and Zynga was a potential place to apply to.

My friend graduated an Ivy League university with a degree in computer science, and worked for Google as a software developer for a year prior to getting hired at Zynga. I'm not sure what his exact position is, but he's very comfortable making 6 figures, and the workplace seems to be a very stress free and fun environment. Zynga is trying to be Google-esque when it comes to the work environment, e.g. they have a nice cafeteria, friendly staff and coworkers, and the higher-ups are very generous on approving items as business purchases/expenses.

He got a nice Das S keyboard approved, and purchased for his machine at work thumb.gif

If I had to guess his motives, he's just trying to milk the place for everything they've got until they go under, and I would no doubt do the same heh
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If you talk to her, would you mind answering that for me too?
I'm being completely serious, as I am wondering why Zynga is looking for potential employees but is currently laying off people like it is here. I'm looking for jobs myself and Zynga was a potential place to apply to.

My friend graduated an Ivy League university with a degree in computer science, and worked for Google as a software developer for a year prior to getting hired at Zynga. I'm not sure what his exact position is, but he's very comfortable making 6 figures, and the workplace seems to be a very stress free and fun environment. Zynga is trying to be Google-esque when it comes to the work environment, e.g. they have a nice cafeteria, friendly staff and coworkers, and the higher-ups are very generous on approving items as business purchases/expenses.

He got a nice Das S keyboard approved, and purchased for his machine at work thumb.gif

If I had to guess his motives, he's just trying to milk the place for everything they've got until they go under, and I would no doubt do the same heh

Depends on the studio, that story definitely differs from others I've heard from at Zynga, who are working 65 hour weeks, sometimes with no days off in a week, and programmers that are given ridiculous requirements such as "Monday morning: Hey, we want these new features in the game by Tuesday evening, and then we're shipping the update Wednesday morning so it better be ready."

Salary is also relative in the gaming industry, if you're making $130k in California you'll have less money than $80k in Colorado, generally. Due to cost of living and taxes.
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