Zynga Japan will close its office in Tokyo at the end of next month, CEO Kenji Matsubara posted on Facebook today.
Here is Matsubara’s – public – status update from today (December 21, Japanese time):
The text says that Zynga Japan will be shut down at the end of January, that Matsubara thanks users for playing his company’s games, and that service for popular card battle game Ayakashi will be continued.
Here is a summary of Zynga Japan’s short history:
Zynga raises US$150 million from Japanese tech powerhouse SoftBank (link).
Zynga buys Tokyo-based social game maker Unoh and turns it into their Japan subsidiary (link) and releases a number of their US titles in Japanese.
The company replaces the CEO (link).
Zynga Japan shuts down 2 of their US games that were deployed on Mixi (link).
Zynga Japan continues to localize US games anyway, i.e. Empires & Allies (link).
Montopia, the first game entirely developed in-house by Zynga’s Japanese team, is announced on iOS (link).
Montopia hits the Japanese Android Market (link).
Zynga Japan rolls out its second title with original IP, social card battle game Ayakashi Onmyouroku (link).
Zynga proper announces localized versions of Montopia and Ayakashi for the global market (link).
Zynga proper says closing the Tokyo office is under consideration (link).
Zynga Japan announces it will stop operating three games in December 2012 (link).