I am excited that Steven Chiang, a
veteran of the video game industry who is strongly regarded for building
high-quality games and scaling development teams and operations worldwide, has
Steve brings a unique combination of start-up entrepreneurship with @scale game management to his role as president of our game studios.
Steve helped invent the console gaming business and his deep expertise will
allow us to double down and deliver on the promise of social gaming.
A little about Steve.
Steve has 17 years of game experi
the zynga team went into action as soon as we learned of the devastation in Haiti. Here is the update on our efforts and where you can participate:
1. FarmVille: New White non withering Corn for Haiti,
100% proceeds go to Haiti
2. Zynga Poker: Support Haiti 2$ chip package. 100% proceeds go to Haiti
Wars: Limited edition Haitian Relief Drum available, 100% proceeds go to Haiti
Starting today, we are bringing back offers around our games to provide our users who don’t have access to online payment methods the ability to make in-game purchases while having a compelling game experience. The offers are from eight companies -- Netflix, Discover Card, Blockbuster, HSBC Direct, Gamefly, Book of the Month Club, SnapFish and The New York Times – all of which have high Better Business Bureau ratings.
We have set up a team that is dedicated to checking the quality of any offer we display. This group reviews each
Happy new year to all zynga gamers.
We would love to hear what's your top wishes for zynga games in 2010.
We know you want better reliability and availability of our games. We are actively working on this.
We know you want easier access to our customer support and faster response to your questions. We now have over 300 people working in cs and are developing our in house capabilities too.
What new features you would like in our games?
What new games would you like to play with friends?
What's your ultimate fantasy game?
How often do you
last week we mailed checks for around $550k to fatem.org and fonkoze.org. we were proud to see so many of our farmville players participate in this program which has raised over $700k to date. following is more info on the programs zynga and farmville players are supporting. this was prepared and executed by my amazing sister, laura hartman, who is a professor of business ethics at depaul university in chicago and has also been acting director of zynga's non profit efforts. Where our contribution will go and how it will be usedWith
michael arrington posted yesterday on mobile
offerings still being shown in our
new game fishville. I want to explain why this
occurred and how we are taking more aggressive steps to ensure this
never happens again.
zynga has not been able to
control the ad content as it is managed by the offer companies that we work with. with regards to yesterday's incident, the offer provider, doubleding, told us this was the result of their failure to remove an optimization queue which was still showing these ads to 10% of pageviews.
michael arrington posted a clip today
of a bar-side chat I did with Berkeley entrepreneurs in which I stressed how we
were laser focused from the beginning on finding revenue opportunities that
would scale. The primary reason I pointed to is that entrepreneurs should push
to control their own destinies, and being profitable was the best path.
In the video I refer to how early on
we experimented with offering zwinky toolbars. Unfortunately, we offered
these before trying them out for ourselves. Once we did, we found them to be
Michael Arrington posted over the weekend about CPA offers within
social games and questioned why facebook, myspace, zynga and others would expose
these to our users. He raises good points about ‘scammy’ advertisers and the
bad user experience they create. I agree with him and others that some of these
offers misrepresent and hurt our industry.
It has been my mission at zynga to create a sustainable
consumer service with long term value to our users and partners. Social gaming is emerging quickly and requiring
new rules of en
dear zynga gamers, we are sorry that our games were down for the last 2 hrs. our netops crew is working hard to bring our games back up. mafia wars is up now on fb and rest coming in next few minutes.we're really sorry your evening fun was interrupted. mark