Zynga IPO due by next week - Report

Wall Street Journal reports that the CityVille and FarmVille creator will go public no later than next week.

Zynga, the creator of the wildly popular casual games FarmVille, CityVille, and Mafia Wars, is about to go public, reports the Wall Street Journal. Citing "sources close to the situation," the newspaper's All Things D column says preparations for the initial public offering are proceeding rapidly, with the IPO due no later than the end of next week.

Zynga's IPO may happen as soon as this week.

According to the Journal, the privately held Zynga was last valued at $10 billion--more than megapublisher Electronic Arts' market capitalization. However, the financial daily thinks that the company will price itself higher when its stock goes on sale, encouraged by the market's appetite for hot tech stocks. Earlier this month, employment-networking site LinkedIn went public and saw its stock price double on its first day of trading for a market cap of $9 billion.

Zynga's IPO will come around a month after the company hired away EA's COO John Pleasants. The company is also negotiating with the city of San Francisco for an exemption to a payroll tax that affects payments gleaned from IPOs.

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valent1n
valent1n

d***.... "and they too started in a basement".... yeah right guys, another well made company that rocked the industry boat

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

No, I don't think I'll be investing in Scamville.

odino
odino

I think you misread the article, they aren't releasing a new game, they are going public. Their stock is surely going to be hot at the start.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Could be another "Ville" game. I don't use facebook. but my guess it is a "Ville" installent.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

I won't be investing. I already have EA and activisionblizzard. Zynga caught a ride with Facebook. It could end there.

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

The Sony PSN hackers should shut down the Zynga networks next. :P

oKiRe
oKiRe

Ruining games since 2007.