Former Engineer Calls Zynga Copycats

Date: Feb. 8, 2012

Reddit user “mercenary-games,” who claims to be an ex-Zynga engineer, went HAM on the social gaming behometh saying it targeted high-spending players and cloned titles from other developers. “If you can’t buy em, clone em…The only “homegrown” codebases at Zynga is MafiaWars2 and maybe Poker, the rest of their tech was just bought from small studios,” he shared on a thread. Another crazy revelation he shared was the amount one gamer spent on Mafia Wars: $100,000. He also went as far as to post his termination letter online. Zynga's had plenty of ex-workers put them on blast the past several months, so this is a hard one to debate.