Hacktivist group Anonymous is apparently perturbed by the financial situation at Zynga.
A post on the AnonNews site this morning posits that layoffs at Zynga will help to bring about the "end of the US game market as we know it" as jobs get shipped overseas, a plan that the AnonNews report says was discovered in confidential files leaked from Zynga.
During the last few days, Anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of their employees and their actions against many developers.
We have come to believe that these actions of Zynga will result in massive layoffs of a thousand people and legal actions against everyone that speaks to the public about this plan.
It will also come to end of the US game market as we know it as all these jobs will be replaced in other more convenient financial countries.
With a billion dollars cash sitting in a bank, we do believe that such actions are an insult to the population and the behaviour of corporations like Zynga must change.
Beyond merely publicising the alleged plan, Anonymous said that it stands ready to retaliate — it is threatening to release "all the games we've taken from their servers for free" if Zynga doesn't call off the offshoring effort. The group did not specify what games it had taken, but set a deadline of 5 November — also known as Guy Fawkes Day, named for the English historical figure from which Anonymous derives inspiration.
Zynga this week said that it is planning to lay off about 140 employees, or about 5 per cent of its worldwide workforce. It is also closing its Boston office and expects to shut its UK and Japan studios as well. That word came just a day before the FarmVille-maker reported that it had lost US$52.7 million in the third quarter. The company also said that it had a cash stockpile of about US$1.6 billion.
Financial troubles aside, Zynga has five of the 10 most popular games on Facebook, the massive social network that helped propel it into widespread popularity.