Zynga now valued at $5.51 billion, more than Electronic Arts

By Emil
Oct 26, 2010
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  1. SharesPost has valued Farmville developer Zynga Game Network at $5.51 billion, according to Business Week. That means it is now estimated to be bigger than console publisher Electronic Arts, which stands at a market cap of $5.16 billion. It still has a long way to go to beat Activision Blizzard, which has a market cap of $13.9 billion.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,362   +260

    I hate farmville with a a real hate. My House mates (2 ladys and a gay guy) all go on it religously for no reason! hell the gay guy has basically got as far as a human possibly can yet he goes back just to look at his garden!

    Kind of upset to hear that EA is doing so badly, I mean they publish games like crysis and BF:BC2 and they are being beaten (in value anyway) by this rubbish!
  3. cyrusjumpjet

    cyrusjumpjet TechSpot Member Posts: 93

    This is insane. People go absolutely bananas over Farmville.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,228   +314

    That dang Farmville - has most everyone in the world addicted to it. :p
  5. RebelFlag

    RebelFlag Newcomer, in training Posts: 37

    Definitely has to be a case of quantity over quality. Between Farmville and Mafia Wars, facebook has become nothing but an annoyance.
  6. posermobile89

    posermobile89 Newcomer, in training Posts: 72

    That is quite impressive, though I don't condone them. I think most of their games on facebook are mindless drivel and anyone who plays them a lot shouldnt have a computer
  7. Cueto_99

    Cueto_99 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 237   +11

    I never though such a game could make a company grow so much, to the point it has beaten EA at least in value... Well it's like the wii philosophy, looking for a bigger market that doesn't necessarily covers true hardcore gamers...
  8. Johnny Utah

    Johnny Utah Newcomer, in training Posts: 18

    There must be a lot of unemployed people right now. Face Book and this game make me want to set my face on fire. As poser said so aptly, it is "mindless drivel and anyone who plays them a lot shouldn't have a computer." My 2 year old can play Farmville....it's a game for people with low intelligence quotients who have no lives and TONS of time. Humanity is doomed. Now people play it on their phones?? I saw this trend at work...people on Face Book when they SHOULD have been working.
  9. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TechSpot Member Posts: 81

    I have a 32 year old friend who plays Farmville and once i asked him "Why do you play this" ... his answer - "I do not know ....really.... "

    And they say WoW is addiction ...
  10. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,390   +16

    This is just another sign of the changing times and the continued growth of the casual market. There will always be a place for hardcore games that we 'real' gamers expect from the industry and I hardly think we should worry considering many good games are still being published by EA. Popularity rarely equates to the best quality, and in this case they are at the bottom of the barrel. However that doesn't change the fact that tons of money can be made from it...unfortunately.
  11. mccartercar

    mccartercar Newcomer, in training Posts: 108   +15

    facebook and farmville can kiss my HWA!
    Seriously though, I see why this is possible.
    These games are free first and foremost. They also are interconnected to an already established base of users. It is no surprise that Zynga has made a killing off of these lame implementations of interactive simulators. The days of pay to play are on their way out the door as developers opt for different cash revenues that pay just as well or better than micro transactions or full retail, digital or brick and mortar, and avoid piracy altogether.
    There is no stopping the doomtrain that is Social Gaming.
  12. 63Jax

    63Jax Newcomer, in training Posts: 64

    who is Zynga never hear of it...
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,362   +260

    Good point actually, its a bit like the premium Sound Market,

    Not many people have heard of company's like Bowsers & Wilkins or Bang & Olsen or even Bose.
    But plenty have heard of Sony, Logitech or Panasonic.

    Same with this, not all my friends know what crysis is and even less with BF:BC2 yet I (and I assume all that read this comment) know that they both are better than farmville.

    Quality will always prevale quantity in my books.
     
  14. Chazz

    Chazz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 616   +54

    In a world where Apple is sucessful, how could any of you think the average PC user has any bit of intelligence left?
  15. Rod2709

    Rod2709 Newcomer, in training

    I don't understand how can people play FarmVille, that's one of the most boring and stupid game ever made... but then again, that's just my opinion.
  16. cardriverx

    cardriverx Newcomer, in training Posts: 84

    Your all just jelous you didnt come up with the game. I know I am.
  17. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 842   +11

    Gotta agree - wish I had come up with something like that :(.

    I feel its rather sad tho that such a simple game has pulled in so much money.
  18. Skyphox

    Skyphox Newcomer, in training

    lol.. classic.
  19. speeedy6

    speeedy6 Newcomer, in training Posts: 21

    Wow, people really like wasting money on non existent things. I gotta hand it to Zynga for exploiting the stupidity in people though.

    Just imagine the games we could have if profit was not the goal. If every company competed to make the best and most unique products we would be years ahead of where we are today not just in the gaming industry but society as a whole. Some of you will disagree claiming that profits drive improvement, and it does to some extent, just not as well as it could be.
  20. kevin1212

    kevin1212 Newcomer, in training Posts: 45

    Well Said, in fact facebook can fall in that category as well. It has its uses, but those that put in hours per day I certainly wouldn't class as intelligent.
  21. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,390   +16

    They didn't - just like most major companies today they steal ideas from others to use or improve on them and then market them as unique.
  22. rwright

    rwright Newcomer, in training

    My wife is a big player of most Zynga games. With her ADHD it a perfect time eater for her.
    With the increasing availability of the game cards at most gas stations now, its easy to see how zynga is bringing in the cash.
  23. n00bzZy

    n00bzZy TechSpot Member Posts: 37

    Couldn't care less about Zynga or Farmville, but this growth in casual games/"gamers" is worrying. At this rate even the bigger companies may eventually decide they're going after the casual market. This is a worst case scenario of course, but with more and more people playing those games it just may happen.
  24. Darkshadoe

    Darkshadoe TechSpot Maniac Posts: 451   +62

    How are Zynga customers any different than XBox Live or PC Gamers? Some of you call them unintelligent yet just as many people sit on XBox live or Steam for 16 hrs a day doing the exact same thing.

    How many times have you heard someone playing Farmville say "that noob didn't water my f*cking crops!!! WAAAA WAAAA" or "My landscaping totally PWNZ U B*TCH!!" Yes..you guys that whine and cry during Team Fortress are EXTREMELY intelligent. /sarcasm
  25. edison5do

    edison5do Newcomer, in training Posts: 239

    This ins really impressive, 4 years on the bussines and already has a 5.16 Billions. value.


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