That’s a quote from Zynga founder and CEO Mark Pincus at a meeting!
“I don’t fucking want innovation,” the ex-employee recalls Pincus saying. “You’re not smarter than your competitor. Just copy what they do and do it until you get their numbers.”
An article written up at the San Francisco Weekly described what was going on with Zynga titled: “FarmVillains”. It’s a lengthy piece, but worth the read.
One paragraph mentioned that in 2009 alone Pincus’ filed lawsuits against seven former employees.
Zynga recently released in Canada’s iTunes App Store a new game called “Dream Heights”, which has an uncanny resemblance to NimbleBit’s “Tiny Tower” which was recently awarded by Apple as iPhone’s top game of 2011.
NimbleBit apparently found out about this and created this nice little info-graphic:
(You can click on the above image to get the full image.)
I really hope that NimbleBit can succeed in getting Zynga’s game removed from the App Store. It’s such a blatant rip-off of Tiny Tower that it might just as well be a spin-off of the game.
I personally have been playing Tiny Tower for about 7 months now since the game was released June 22 of last year. It’s a nice little 5 minute, get in, buy a floor if I can, deal with all the floors that need attention, shut it down. I rarely stay in and take little bitizens to their floors.
The only Zynga games I have at this point are ones that Zynga purchased the companies to. Words With Friends, Drop7 and Scramble With Friends. Currently, Scramble With Friends is #1 in both the Category and Overall Top App’s lists.
I suppose it would be OK if the original developers of Words With Friends wrote and are getting the money they deserve for writing Scramble With Friends. However, I fear that this is not the case…