Zynga CEO Mark Pincus has just confirmed the company will let go of 18 percent of its work force.

"None of us ever expected to face a day like today, especially when so much of our culture has been about growth," wrote Pincus on the company blog. "But I think we all know this is necessary to move forward. The scale that served us so well in building and delivering the leading social gaming service on the Web is now making it hard to successfully lead across mobile and multiplatform, which is where social games are going to be played."

The confirmation comes a half hour after AllThingsD reported the 18 percent layoff number, which the site estimates at approximately 520 employees. Although Pincus doesn't mention studio closures, Zynga's New York, Los Angeles, Austin and Dallas studios are shutting down.

The company has halted trading on the Nasdaq in wake of the news. We've followed up with Zynga for more information and confirmation of the studio closures.

Zynga's bad news train is at full steam in 2013, with even more executive departures, financial losses, layoffs and closures.

Update: Zynga would not confirm the studio closures, but has updated its financial outlook with a $28.5 million to $39 million loss for the second quarter. We've placed the full outlook update after the break.
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ZYNGA ANNOUNCES SUBSTANTIAL COST REDUCTIONS

Updates Outlook

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – June 3, 2013 – Zynga Inc. (NASDAQ: ZNGA), a leading provider of social game services, today announced substantial cost reductions, including a workforce reduction and closure of various office locations that will result in an estimated $70 million to $80 million in pre-tax annualized cash expense savings.

As part of these initiatives, Zynga expects to complete a reduction in force of approximately 520 employees or approximately 18% of its global workforce. The workforce reduction will occur across all functions and is expected to be substantially complete by August 2013. Zynga will record pre-tax restructuring charges of approximately $24 million to $26 million in the second quarter, and $2 million to $5 million in the third quarter. Zynga also expects to record an estimated $15 million reversal of stock-based expense in the second quarter of 2013 as a result of the net impact of these workforce reductions.

Outlook
Zynga's updated outlook for the second quarter of 2013 is as follows:

Net loss is projected to be in the range of $39 million to $28.5 million, which is updated to reflect the impact of the actions noted above.

Bookings are projected to be in the lower half of the outlook range provided in our April 24, 2013 first quarter earnings release. While our Farmville Franchise continues to perform well, other games are underperforming.

Zynga re-affirms the second quarter 2013 outlook provided on April 24, 2013 for Revenue, EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP EPS.

Zynga also re-affirms the full year 2013 outlook provided on April 24, 2013 for Adjusted EBITDA margin.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
A discussion of non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of second quarter 2013 outlook non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are provided in our April 24, 2013 first quarter earnings release. Non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").

About Zynga Inc.
Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) is a leading provider of social game services with approximately 250 million monthly active users playing its games, which include Zynga Poker, Words With Friends, Scramble With Friends, Gems With Friends, Draw Something, FarmVille 2, ChefVille, CityVille, Bubble Safari and Ruby Blast. Zynga's games are available on a number of global platforms, including Facebook, Zynga.com, Apple iOS and Google Android. Zynga is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Learn more about Zynga at http://blog.zynga.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, our outlook for second quarter 2013 revenue, net loss, EPS, bookings, Adjusted EBITDA, and non-GAAP EPS; our outlook for full year 2013 Adjusted EBITDA margin; our estimated cost reduction plans and proposed reduction in force; our estimated pre-tax savings, pre-tax restructuring charges and estimated reduction of stock-based expense, and the timing for such estimated savings, charges and expense reductions; our proposed non-headcount cost reductions; and our future operational and strategic plans.

Forward-looking statements often include words such as "outlook," "projected," "intends," "will," "anticipate," "believe," "target," "expect," and statements in the future tense are generally forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those described in "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the full year ended December 31, 2012, copies of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations web site at http://investor.zynga.com or the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, our relationship with Facebook or changes in the Facebook platform, our ability to maintain significant bookings for franchise games, despite increasing decay rates for games generally, our ability to control and reduce expenses, disruptions in our business and bookings expectations as a result of the restructuring, our exposure to illegitimate credit card activity in Zynga Poker, acquisitions by us and changes in corporate strategy or management.

Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. There is no guarantee that the circumstances described in our forward-looking statements will occur. We assume no obligation to update such statements.

Disclosure Using Social Media Channels
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This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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