Mafia Wars

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    November 10, 2011

    Zynga Pressures Employees to Give Back Stock Ahead of IPO

    Mark Pincus​Social-gaming company Zynga, along with a handful of other large tech businesses, was successful earlier this year in getting the city of San Francisco to forgo its share of tax revenue on the firm's stock options. Now it appears that wasn't enough: Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has reportedly ... More >>

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    November 12, 2010

    Zynga-Hired Advertiser to Pay City $45,000 for Illegal Guerrilla Marketing

    Meyer Lansky would not be impressed.​The company hired by San Francisco-based social game developer Zynga to promote one of its games has agreed to pay the city $45,000 in fines for illegal marketing tactics, City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today.Back in August, the city attorney's office w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Zynga Scams Lawsuit to Move Forward

    Treacherous ground?​A federal judge has found that Zynga is responsible for allegedly misleading business offers marketed to players of its popular Facebook games, setting the stage for a class-action lawsuit against the San Francisco-based company to move ahead.The plaintiff in the case, Rebecca ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Zynga Faces Class-Action Lawsuit over Alleged Privacy Breach

    Life on the farm is never dull for long​No matter what they do, some companies seem chronically incapable of playing peacefully in the sandbox of American capitalism with others. San Francisco-based game developer Zynga -- the wildly successful firm behind such popular Facebook applications as&nbs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    FrontierVille, Latest Zynga Release, Is Quickly Losing Users

    That little bastard might not be smiling for long​One of the issues raised in our September cover story on social-gaming company Zynga was the long-term viability of a business based on copying and aggressively marketing inane but addictive game concepts. The Facebook applications that are making ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    Deflating the Social Media Hot Air Balloon

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Not a revolutionary​Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, and their ilk -- standard bearers for the ill-defined phenomenon known as "social media" that is now supposed to be the future of the Web -- are having a tough time these days in the thinking person's press.Over the past f ... More >>

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    September 22, 2010
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    September 13, 2010

    Zynga Offers Customers Who Waste Their Lives Playing Its Games Up to $24,000 Today

    Today, FarmVille crops yield real cash​It ain't been a great week in the press for Zynga, the San Francisco-based creator of popular online games such as FarmVille. Last Wednesday we published a cover story in which ex-employees dished on Zynga's allegedly "evil" practice of copying competitors' g ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010


    Steal someone else's game. Change its name. Make millions. Repeat.

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    September 7, 2010

    Former Zynga Employees Talk About Copying Games for Mark Pincus' 'Evil' Online Empire

    The latest SF Weekly cover story explores Zynga's culture of game-copying​Zynga's cutthroat business practices have long been a subject of speculation in the social-gaming industry. The company behind such hit Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars has, in the words of a recent tradem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Zynga Mafia Wars Stickers Prompt City Attorney to Go to the Mattresses

    Yes, money is power. But having the Unfair Competition Law at your disposal is power, too.​San Francisco's city attorney has decided that money is not enough to compensate for ad firm Davis Elen plastering 4,000 Zynga Mafia Wars stickers onto San Francisco sidewalks. And, unless ad executives agre ... More >>

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    August 25, 2010

    Zynga Sued over 'Mafia Wars' Trademark by Digital Chocolate: Read the Lawsuit Here

    Who says a war is bad for business?​San Francisco-based social-gaming company Zynga is being sued for alleged trademark infringement over its popular Facebook game, Mafia Wars.Digital Chocolate, another online gaming company, claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court that it owns rights to the na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Zynga Off the Hook for Mafia Wars Vandalism, S.F. City Attorney Says

    ​It looks like Zynga is not going to face legal or financial consequences for alleged sidewalk vandalism carried out as part of a marketing campaign for the San Francisco-based company's new online game, Mafia Wars: Las Vegas.Instead, according to Matt Dorsey, spokesman for San Francisco City Atto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Zynga Fingers Ad Agency for Alleged 'Mafia Wars' Sidewalk Vandalism

    The city attorney sends his regards...​We reported here yesterday on accusations against social-gaming company Zynga by the San Francisco City Attorney's office. The city is ready to go to the mattresses over alleged vandalism of city property carried out as part of an advertising campaign by the ... More >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Zynga in Hot Water with San Francisco City Attorney Over 'Mafia Wars' Marketing

    Dennis Herrera is taking off the gloves over Zynga's 'Mafia Wars'​The San Francisco City Attorney's office is going after social-gaming company Zynga -- maker of such popular Facebook applications as FarmVille and Mafia Wars -- for what it calls an "illegal and actionable" marketing campaign to pr ... More >>

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