Zynga Launches New Game Frontierville on Facebook

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Zynga, after months of rumors about a strain in its relationship with Facebook and a dalliance with Yahoo (s yhoo), is sticking close to the social network for the launch of its newest game, a Farmville-style offering called Frontierville that debuts today. Sources close to both companies said that the two have worked out their differences over issues such as the use of Facebook Credits for payment in Zynga games, as well as the effect that Facebook’s new rules on notifications in a user’s stream has had on the viral growth of them.

Zynga “has a great relationship with [Facebook], and it is definitely a long-term relationship,” said one source. The two companies are “working together to do what’s best for both their ecosystems.” Both recognize that they’d each lose something if they were to dissolve their connection, the source added. Zynga, which has become Facebook’s largest social game provider by a substantial margin, gets millions of users for its games from the social network; Facebook, in turn, gets millions of engaged users who spend lots of time on the site.

The two companies recently issued a press release to quell some of the talk that they were less than friendly, and announced a five-year “strategic relationship” in which Zynga agreed to expand its use of the new Facebook Credits payment system. The social network takes a 30 percent cut of all payments done through Facebook Credits, something Zynga was reportedly not happy about.

Talk of a rift between the two companies began after changes were made to the way that Facebook applications notify users of activity, which caused the growth in Zynga’s games such as Farmville and Mafia Wars to slow and even decline in some cases. According to statistics collected by Second Shares — a site that tracks the value of private companies through the secondary share market, and has valued Zynga at $5 billion — the company saw a dramatic decline in monthly average users after the changes were made.

The new game, Frontierville, was designed by Brian Reynolds — who has worked on several landmark PC games such as Civilization II — and is the first social game to offer multiple characters or avatars for a user to control. Zynga has 7 out of the top 10 games on Facebook, and more than 230 million active monthly users spread across all of its games. Farmville alone has more than 70 million monthly active users, and one of the company’s most recent games — Treasure Isle — has more than 24 million monthly users, despite being launched a little over a month ago.

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sissy cizmar

I love this game.The problems I’m having is my buildings are disappearing,and it freezes up sometimes.Other than that it’s my kind of game,thank you

anita reilley

I am trying to build my horseshoe pit. I have leveled up in all the games; farmville, poker, treasure Island, cafe world, and mofia was. I recieved the sandbag, the boards, horseshoe, and the measuring tape. However, I did not get the bar stool, or the spike from cafe world and mofia wars. Please let me know how to get them. Love the games. Thanks

Peggy Brooks

This site keeps telling me I have used up all of my visitations when I have not been able to play on ANY other site. It also keeps telling me I have made all the requests I can make for a day when it hasn’t let me make a one. If this keeps up, I am quitting.
I also agree, it is much too hard to get more energy, especially when it won’t even let you ask. It says it will, then denies it.
This has been a frustrating day. Come on people!!! Get it right.

Mathew Ingram

For those who have been posting comments about having trouble logging in to Frontierville, a company spokesperson acknowledged they are having issues with logins and they are rolling out a fix in the next couple of hours.

carol moses

I have been trying for the last two days to get on frontierville and it wont let me. It doesn’t post anything its just a blank page. I have refreshed a million times, went to google chrome and still nothing. Please try to fix the problem I love this game.

gwen smith

I HAVE BEEN PLAYING YOUR NEW GAME FOR OVER A WEEK NOW AND I DO LIKE IT I AM ALSO PLAYING MANY OF YOUR OTHER GAMES BUT … TWO DAYS AGO I WENT TO GET ON AND IT WOULDN’T LET ME HAS JUST POSTED SOME REASONS I CANT GET ON . I still can get all your other games yoville , cafe world . farmville petville and i have no problems with them . IS IT POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO CHECK WHAT THE PROBLEM IS AND GET BACK TO ME SO I CAN ATLEAST QUIT TRYING TO GO ON. THANKS GWEN SMITH

janice

cant get on the game for the last few days always says that i am off line when i’m not

Sharlann Daley

One of the goals is to plant 1600 peanuts which are 4 day crops. Are they kidding me??? Sheesh!!! Some of the goals listed seem unreachable and the game creators don’t seem to think of these things; if a player can’t reach a goal, most likely a player will stop playing. I’ve been trying to clobber 12 groundhogs but they don’t show up even after planting all kinds of crops. Can’t clobber them if they’re not there.

nancy

I can play all the other games but can;t see Fronterville it plays the music thats all.

Frontierville

The game is much more fun than farmville.
unluckly there is a problem with energy.
It should be easier to get more energy. You use it up way too fast and then you have to wait to get enough to go back and do another brief session.

Ed MacLean

Please read, this IS important…

Before you decide to play think twice about buying in-game items with your real-life hard earned

money. Be weary that you could loose it and your game connection all in a blink of time and

without ever being compinsated or getting a reason for the loss, let alone what they are going to

do about it.

With 706+ complaints, and still counting, since day One when FrontierVille has opened it doors to

the mass of players there has never been any word from Zynga as to why, when or how they are

going to fix these serious problems this game has been causing for hundreds of gamers. The

players deserve to be both heard and given honest and considerate explinations and updates as to

what Zynga is doing about it. People have the right to know

Read for yourself and be aware of what’s really going on in this new FrontierVille’s community:
http://forums.zynga.com/showthread.php?t=594022

So far, their actions (or rather, lack of them) seem to be saying to the players “No

Explinations, No Refunds, No Apologies.”

Is it the game companies who are being wronged here, or is it the game-players like us?
It’s gamers who put the money in your pockets, but that wont last long if the game makers wont do

right by their paying customers.

Won’t someone finally step up to the plate and get this problem quickly and honestly fixed?

Katie

That game would be so- much better if the energy thing wasnt so stupid. just sayin..

queboi

The title of the article (rather the misspell in the title) got me interested in reading its entirety.

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