Monday, December 19, 2011
Zynga stocks available!
Zynga stocks are available since last Friday. The starting bid was $10 releasing 100.000.000 stocks (!) - so Zynga was aiming for a minimum of 1 billion dollars in public capital!
The company was founded in July 2007 (less than five years ago!) by Mark Pincus and is named for his late American Bulldog, Zinga. Loyal and spirited, Zinga’s name is a nod to a legendary African warrior queen.
Zynga's mission is to connect the world through games. Everyday millions of people interact with their friends and express their unique personalities through our games, which range from harvesting crops to building your business franchise, to playing poker.
Through the company’s philanthropic arm, Zynga.org is committed to transforming the world through virtual social goods. Zynga players have raised more than $10 million for world social causes since Zynga.org launched in October 2009.
Games that Zynga developed over the past four years are (amongst others):
CityVille – Build the city of your dreams.
FarmVille – Grow fruits and veggies and raise animals on your very own farm.
Words With Friends – Test your lexicon against friends in the #1 mobile word game.
Empires & Allies – Build your city, grow your nation and conquer the world.
Mafia Wars – Start a crime family. Run your mob businesses. Then take over the world.
Indiana Jones Adventure World – Grab life by the boulders.
Café World – Slice, mix, and grill your way to building the hottest restaurant on the block.
Mafia Wars 2 – Welcome to the dark side of social games.
CastleVille – Create your happy ending.
CityVille Hometown - Create the town of your dreams.
Top Zynga Games (MAU): (According to AppData.com)
CityVille 48 m
CastleVille 35 m
Zynga Poker 28 m
FarmVille 31 m (this used to be 61 million in 2009 & 2010)
Empires & Allies 16 m
Words With Friends 13 m
Adventure World 9 m
Their User Numbers: (According to our latest S-1/A)
227 million monthly active users
2 billion minutes a day of play
4 billion neighbor connections
54 million daily active users
450 million social actions a day
Some noble things that Zynga.org did in 2009 through 2011:
Zynga is committed to transforming the world through virtual social goods. Zynga players have raised more than $10 million for several international nonprofits since Zynga.org launched in October 2009. Players have purchased virtual social goods within games like FarmVille, Mafia Wars and Zynga Poker that have benefitted earthquake victims in Haiti and to school lunch programs for children in Haiti. In 2010 Zynga players also helped to build the L'Ecole de Choix School in Haiti. Recently, Zynga players banded together to support victims of the deadly earthquake in Japan, and raised more than $3 million for Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund and Direct Relief International. had the opportunity to donate through more than 10 Zynga games, including FrontierVille, Café World, Mafia Wars and CityVille. In addition, following the devastating tornadoes in the Southern United States, players in CityVille, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Treasure Isle and Vampire Wars rallied together to raise more than $250,000 for Save the Children and Direct Relief International’s efforts.
Below some more fun facts about Zynga in an infographic