A former employee (who is quoted anonymously) of Draw Something developer OMGPOP said that he/she felt a sense of relief as the entire team was laid off by Zynga. Yesterday the company announced that it had cut 520 jobs – which included the entire staff at OMGPOP. Renamed Zynga New York after its $180 million acquisition during the peak of Draw Something's success, the studio went on to create Draw Something 2 which was released six weeks ago.
In a report from Business Insider, one former employee described his/her last days at Zynga:
"There were no hard facts or figures. No real explanation. Just typical corporate BS," the employee said of the moment the Zynga New York team was informed. "Everyone was just like, 'Yep.' Not surprised at all. It was like the weight had been lifted off our shoulders, that a decision had finally been made."
"Most layoffs are sad. You imagine big corporate settings where security is there to lead people out of the office so they don't make a scene. This was the opposite. Music was being played loudly, and people were ripping up Zynga hoodies and T-shirts. Anything that was Zynga was completely left there. The sentiment felt positive."
"We thought, 'You just laid off your most talented mobile team.' We were totally under-utilized," the employee added.
Ultimately employees felt that the Zynga purchase killed the identity and spirit of the studio. In that regard, we can understand why some employees might have been happy to be able to move on.