Facebook games

Zynga lays off 18% of its staff, "necessary to move forward," says CEO

Katie Williams at

We've come a long way from Zynga's farm-planning heydays. Following last year's closure of three Zynga studios and the subsequent discontinuation of eleven browser-based titles, Zynga continues to downsize. Maybe it's about time to admit that taking "inspiration" from other games just isn't that profitable after all. The official reason for the layoffs, says founder and CEO Mark Pincus, is so that Zynga can focus more on "mobile and multiplatform" gaming.

Vikings of Thule adds quests, giant wyrms

Josh Augustine at

People either love 'em or hate 'em, but Facebook games provide 10-second increments of gaming fun in between work for a lot of gamers trapped in an office every day. There are a mind-boggling number of options out there, so even if you hate farming and think the Mafia can fight its own wars for all you care, you can probably find a Facebook game that you'd enjoy. One of the games that I've been playing on and off for the past few months is a Vikings-themed RPG called Vikings of Thule (main site, facebook page, which just launched its first expansion. I sat down with the game's Senior Producer, Íris Kristín Andrésdóttir, to discuss the update and where she wants to take the game in the future.

Giveaway: Leave a comment telling us where you would pillage if you were a Viking in today's world and guaranteed to succeed to be entered to win one of 20 Vikings of Thule Posters (picture at the end of the article). This contest is open to everyone, everywhere (yes, even Canadians).