Anonymous isn’t happy with Zynga right now, and according to a recent announcement by the hacktivist group, they’ll be expressing their displeasure in force on the 5th of November. The group promises to shut down the hosting platform for Zynga’s games, Facebook, and distribute previously obtained game codes for free.
The operation, which has been dubbed “maZYNGA”, is a response to Zynga laying off approximately 5% of their staff after recent reports of poor quarterly performance. The company’s CEO Mark Pincus issued a memo to staff explaining that the downsizing was needed to “streamline our operations, focus our resources on our most strategic opportunities, and invest in our future.”
Anonymous isn’t buying this and — in fact — asserts that Zynga has a rather large stockpile of cash. They also claim to have obtained documents of the company’s plan to outsource more positions to Bangalore, India.
True to form, Anonymous has released a video detailing their plan of action against Zynga — and Facebook. The video, which has been removed from YouTube is available on Anon’s news site. According to the accompanying transcript, “Anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of their employees and their actions against many developers .”
The transcript continues:
“We have come to believe that this actions of Zynga will result in massive layoff of a thousand people and legal actions against everyone that speaks to the public about this plan.
It will also come to end of the US game market as we know it as all this jobs will be replaced in other more convenient financial countries.
With a billion dollars cash sitting in a bank we do believe that such actions are an insult to the population and the behaviour of corporations like Zynga must change.
Anonymous could not allow this to happen so it’s starting to release confidential documents we have leaked on this plan
As we speak we are planning to release also all the games we’ve taken from their servers for free.
That being said we will stop the idea of the distribution of such games if Zynga will cease immediately the plan.”