Hacktivist movement Anonymous has announced its intentions to make Zynga its next target, in a protest over the social gaming developer’s employee layoffs and tactics of copying other established Facebook games instead of developing its own.
Zynga has become well known as a company that developed titles incredibly similar to those of other smaller companies, whether it’s Farmville, Tiny Tower, Mafia Wars, the source material is almost always found elsewhere. Usually the developers that feel ripped off are daunted by the prospect of taking on a billion dollar company in the court room, so not much happens. Recently EA announced its intention to sue the giant, but so far it’s the only one to stand up and protest.
Until now, with Anonymous announcing its intentions to release internal documents that discuss a plan to layoff a large portion of its work force, moving those jobs overseas where employee wages are far lower. The collective also plans to release all the companies games for free, on the 5th of November, unless Zynga agrees to cancel its plans.
The leaked Zynga strategy documents purportedly read:
“Following the preliminary announced of this week the final strategy for the next two quarters has been successfully set to delivery by november 23 an additional but of 800 jobs with further raising of new capital from the market to support businesses.
“We’ve identified our global gambling strategy with bwin.party and as we speak discussions are progressing with a partner to cover the US market.
“Work is focused and on-going to completely outsource our development teams in our offices in Bangalore , India to hedge our position in the long term.
“We’ve identified key new products from third parties such as Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime , Shove Prod and Music Invaders in which we are starting business contacts to buy these IP for transaction value of approximately 20 million.
“We strongly believe we will conclude these deals this month and compete with this titles against mobile competitors with ease.
“Our business continues to evolve and we must evolve with it. We operate in a exciting and challenging industry and I am very pleased that our senior leadership team continue to strengthen and develop with us.”
No statement has been released by Zynga as of yet. This could get interesting very quickly.