Zynga closes Baltimore studio

Social gaming company hit by around 30 layoffs as it consolidates US operations
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The Pioneer Trail developer and Baltimore-based studio Zynga East has closed its doors.

As reported by Venturebeat, the social gaming outfit has also consolidated a number of studios in three other cities to streamline its operations.

The firm’s two Austin studios have now been merged, as have two studios in New York.

CastleVille developer Zynga Dallas meanwhile, bought out by the social game giant in 2010, will now be joined by the Mckinney-based Texas branch.

As part of the closures and restructuring, 30 employees are expected to lose their jobs, roughly one per cent of Zynga’s total workforce.

“While these decisions are always difficult, these steps will affect approximately one per cent of our workforce and enable us to focus our resources on the most significant growth opportunities,” said Zynga COO David Ko.

News of Zynga East’s closure comes shortly after lead designer Brian Reynolds left the studio last month.

It also comes after a number of game cancellations, layoffs and studio closures across the entire company, including its branches in Japan and Boston.