Zynga Reveals Growth Statistics, Acquires Gaming Company Dextrose

Sat, Sep 25, 2010

Events, Industry, Zynga

This past week, Zynga has been very busy in not only updating their games, but discussing growth in them as well as expanding with their latest acquisition.

At the Oracle OpenWorld Conference, Cadir Lee, CTO at Zynga revealed some interesting statistics concerning Zynga’s growth along with server sizes, employee numbers and data transfer levels from its most popular games including FarmVille, Mafia Wars and FrontierVille.

According to Lee, a whopping 10% of all internet users have played a Zynga game of some kind, which apparently evens out to around 215 million monthly users. To help this growth and accomodate current traffic, Zynga is having to add around 1,000 new server units per week in order to keep things stable.

The amount of data moving through these server pipes is around one petabyte (1000 terabytes) every day, and the servers are capable of handling a load of around three billion simultaneous neighbor connections. To keep this running and working, Zynga employs around 1,200 full time staff across 13 of its worldwide studios and many of those have come from acquisitions.

Speaking of acquisitions, Zynga has recently set out for new territory with their latest move in acquiring German development company Dextrose for an undisclosed amount.

The company will be merged into the new division Zynga Germany and will likely be incorporating their Aves Engine into Zynga games. Whether the engine will be incorporated into current games is unkown, as well as whether or not Facebook could even support such a thing.

We’ll keep you posted on the latest Zynga news as it breaks.

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