In an unusually blunt assessment miracle Zynga CEO Mark (lean out) Pincus laid the blame for a 18% staff layoff directly on Tom and his TomVille franchise. Pincus said that they were flying high with FarmVille and CityVille when they bought the TomVille franchise. Pincus said flat-out it was the worst acquisition since OMG POP.
Tom has tried to reinvigorate the TomVille game with virtually no success. New games such as “Give Me Your Money”, “Bitcon with Bitcoin”, “Dictator Fashion Icons” and “Urban Spelling Bee” just have not caught on. Tom is starting to think that the new games are too sophisticated for the audience or need to go mobile, .i.e., played during high-speed police pursuits.
In the meantime, Tom is hunkered down counting all the cash that he fleeced Pincus out of when he sold TomVille to Zynga.