Social game giant Zynga will close OMGPOP.com despite the fact that the original team behind it offered to buy the games portal in hopes of retaining its userbase and content. According to Eurogamer, several former OMGPOP staff members offered Zynga an undisclosed amount of money in order to keep it open, but Zynga rebuffed those offers.
Those making the offers – who were not named in the report – also claim that they offered to let Zynga keep the site's database of user information, and even offered to work at the portal for free. They claim that Zynga told them that such a deal would take too much legal wrangling to sort it all out and that it would be a costly undertaking.
The site will officially go dark on Sept. 30. Four other OMGPOP games including Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ, will be shut down on August 29. Former OMGPOP boss Dan Porter left the company back in April of this year, weeks before the launch of Draw Something 2. In June, after Porter's departure and the release of the second game in the series, Zynga closed the company's office and laid off the staff.