Zynga Shuttering Japanese Operations

By David Cohen 

The struggles continue for game developer Zynga, as the company confirmed that it will shutter its operations in Japan, just two months after laying off more than 100 employees in Austin and closing its Boston studio.

Zynga hinted in October when it announced its first round of cuts that it might close its offices in Chicago, Japan, and the U.K., and now it appears that at least the middle one has suffered that fate.

TechCrunch reported that the CEO of the developer’s operations in Japan, Kenji Matsubara, posted on Facebook (translated from Japanese):

Zynga Japan will be shut down at the end of January. Matsubara thanks users for playing his company’s games, and service for popular card battle game Ayakashi will be continued.

The website for Zynga Japan also displays only the following message, as reported by TechCrunch, also translated:

Thank you for patronizing always Zynga Japan. We will continue to work, but I get the kindness of everybody over two-and-a-half years since its establishment, as the Japanese subsidiary of U.S. company Zynga will dissolve the corporation Womochimashite Japan Jan. 31, 2013 due to various reasons.

I would like to thank deeply from my heart to everyone, including the customers who enjoy the titles of our past. We received your support.

Readers: Do you think Zynga’s offices in Chicago and the U.K. are headed for similar fates?

Screen grab courtesy of Serkan Toto, via TechCrunch.