Zynga lays off 15% of its employees, but buys developer NaturalMotion

CEO Don Mattrick announced today that 314 employees at Zynga would be affected in the recent streamlining.

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Ahead of an investor relations meeting happening later today, Zynga announced that it would be laying off over 300 employees.

Current CEO Don Mattrick (who took over the position last year after departing from Microsoft) cited a "need to create a more efficient organization." Mattrick wrote on the official Zynga blog, "When we reviewed the support areas and looked at what was an appropriate size to have agile, dedicated teams, we decided to redeploy and right size against our best opportunities for growth." And to achieve that, Zynga is implementing a 15% reduction in staff and costs that will affect 314 employees.

It's little consolation to the affected, but Mattrick wrote, "We don't take these decisions lightly but we believe these actions will allow us to create a clearer, faster path to win...We are saying goodbye to good people and I want to thank them for all of their contributions to Zynga. We wish our friends and colleagues well and know that they will all have future successes."

In the same statement, Mattrick wrote that the company had "signed an agreement to acquire NaturalMotion," an Oxford-based mobile developer. Zynga is purchasing the company for $527 million in cash and equity. NaturalMotion is perhaps best known for its mobile racing game CSR Racing.

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