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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 7:15PM Verus said

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What happens if facebook makes good on the threats to throw zynga out ? Would it then go the way of dinosaurs such as myspace.

The revenue for something like EA is also ten times that of zynga. No way in hell zynga is even worth a fraction of 5.5 billion.

Posted: Nov 1st 2010 7:39PM BrianH said

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And you figure this how?

I think Bloomberg is a pretty trustworthy business source.
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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 8:12PM Dandmcd said

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Why would Zynga care if Facebook closed them out? Zynga is a big enough name now that they could very easily start their own social network with very little loss. Or they could also make a deal with Yahoo or Google to host their games, which could potentially damage Facebook as we know it.
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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 9:17PM Not THAT Matt said

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Am I the only one who thinks this Farmville crap is DUMB?

It's cool that my grandma can find something to pass the retirement time, but come on.
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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 10:21PM (Unverified) said

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That's the thing, even half the people who keep playing it think it's dumb. It shouldn't be making the money it does. I can't understand why people keep going back and keeping playing a game that they keep saying they hate.
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Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 3:28AM hami83 said

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Zynda would care if Facebook threw them out because they most likely get most of their money, or a very large portion of it from the Facebook Farmville Zombies.
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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 8:13PM Dumac said

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Really tough when you scam your players and spam those who aren't players yet.

Posted: Nov 1st 2010 8:21PM DiscoJer said

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Can anyone say "bubble"?

Heh, I wonder if they will get a bailout?

Posted: Nov 1st 2010 11:16PM karnisov said

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yup mega bubble
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Posted: Nov 1st 2010 8:27PM Mystal said

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Share value isn't real value. Zynga's worth a ton on paper but the long term franchise value of facebook games is dubious at best.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 12:46AM shiningfury said

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This crappy game, like other wildly popular crap (e.g. 'Jersey Shore, Justin Bieber) baffles me. The masses are dumb.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 12:57AM SwobyJ said

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Good for them. I expected this. Now get ready for the crash. It'll be fun to watch at least.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 5:53AM Pan1 said

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This is a case of "smoke and mirrors".





Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 9:20AM Deadalon said

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Intresting to see all the hate here. Farmville is just what it is.. simple game that has gameplay that some ppl like. Its not expensive to create - but its still a great game in terms of playablity. Zynga will probable keep growing in simulare games for years to come. Be that on Facebook or elsewhere.

EA on the other hand is spending huge money on titles that then dont deliver in some cases. WAR is an example of a game gone horribly wrong. StarWars is unknown quantity atm but we all know its very expensive to make. That doesn't guaranty a good game nor a populare game. The gameplay elements need to be there and thats where I feel the game will be lacking. It has been an issue with some latest Bioware titles. They are looking great... but gameplay value is not worth much. Dragon age is a great example of just growing boring over time. And ME2 resouce gathering is another total failure that still got into the game.

Bioware (EA) needs to start focus on overall quality of their games. Not just graphix and endless dialogs. The gameplay value is low and games like Farmville - simple and fun - will always have more following for much lower cost to create. Bioware needs to go back to basics and realise that something has gone wrong over time.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 9:55AM Aganazer said

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Just another sign that PC gaming is dying.... oh wait!

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 11:00AM CheesecakeBandit said

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The value of Zynga is inflated severly because of the mass buyouts it has been doing to increase the size of it's company. Once they fail to turn out the expected revinue(or draw it away from Farmville), Zynga will probably go through mass layoffs and sell offs to increase profit margins or to actually make the company profitable again and in turn reduce the size of the company.

Still, Farmville and the others will continue to make large amounts of money until either Facebook kicks them out or Facebook ceases to be relevant (That's the way these social networking sites have been going at least). It might also have trouble if Facebook demands a bigger cut of the action (if it doesn't already it's stupid) and it would rather break off than pay. Those cheap social games earn money by being easily accessible(at work, home, travel, coffee shop) time wasters. If Zynga breaks off, it may lose the ease of accessibility needed(since people aren't going to its websites to do whatever) unless if Zynga somehow becomes the next social networking hub, in which case we are doomed.

Posted: Nov 2nd 2010 11:24AM CheesecakeBandit said

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Crap, where's that damn edit button. Anyways, since I forgot that they were going by stock values and not the actual net worth of the companies labor, properties, and assets, most of these predictions may still hold true, but due to the highly speculative nature of stock prices it could for all anyone knows do a triple backflip followed by pirouette.

Also needed to add the disclaimer: THE CHEESECAKE BANDIT IS NOT A REGISTERED FINANCIAL ADVISER NOR DOES HE POSSESS A COLLEGIATE DEGREE IN ECONOMICS. ANY AND ALL SPECULATION IS MADE WITH LESS THAN 2 YEARS OF COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IN THE FIELD OF ECONOMICS. FURTHERMORE THE CHEESECAKE BANDIT CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR ANY MISSING BAKED GOODS AS A RESULT OF READING THIS INFO. This includes but is not limited to: cake, pie, strudel, crumbles, donuts, danishes, bagels, cheesecake,Hot Pockets®, Pop Tarts®, flavored breads, sweet rolls, waffles, pancakes, kolachies, cookies, brownies, Rice Crispies Treats®, cobblers, dinner rolls, biscuits, biscotti, breakfast cereals, crackers, chips, and other assorted pastries.

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