Zynga shuts down Baltimore office, consolidates in Texas, N.Y.

The struggling social gaming company continues to shrink its physical presence.

A promo image from Zynga's now shuttered CityVille 2. Zynga

Zynga is shutting down its Baltimore office and consolidating its presence in Texas and New York, the company announced today.

The Baltimore closure, which affects about 1 percent of Zynga's roughly 3,000 employees, comes shortly after the company shut down the studio's CityVille 2 game.

Zynga offered the Baltimore employees a chance to transfer to other positions in the company, Zynga COO David Ko wrote in the blog post announcing the moves. About half of the approximately 30 Baltimore employees decided to stay.

Zynga will also consolidate teams in offices located in McKinney, Texas, with its downtown Austin offices and will move them all to its Dallas and North Austin offices. In New York, Zynga is closing down its offices and moving the staff to its NYC mobile studio.

These moves build on the company's plans to reduce its expenses as it struggles with the demands of Wall Street. Zynga laid off 5 percent of its workforce in October , shutting down its Boston office. It also said it was planning to close its U.K. and Japan studios.

Ko wrote that the changes will let Zynga put its resources into other efforts to make the company more profitable. This includes building on successful franchises like FarmVille and WordsWithFriends and developing new games.

"We still have a lot of work to do, but I'm confident that we're on the right path to deliver on the potential of Zynga," he wrote.

 

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