Zynga Acquires Company Behind 'Clumsy Ninja' App

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Zynga today acquired NaturalMotion, the company that developed the Clumsy Ninja app, for a total of $527 million in cash and stock. Clumsy Ninja, which was released in November of 2013 after a long development period, was highlighted by Apple during the iPhone 5 media event in September of 2012.

    Following its initial debut, the app and the company behind it received a lot of attention for the natural movement styles of the ragdoll ninja character.

    Founded by Torsten Reil, a former evolutionary biologist, NaturalMotion specializes in high quality games that use realistic animations, which is a bit of a departure from Zynga's typical game style.

    Along with Clumsy Ninja, NaturalMotion has also released several other iOS apps, including Jenga, Icebreaker Hockey, and CSR Racing. According to Zynga CEO Don Mattrick, NaturalMotion will expand Zynga's creative pipeline and bring next-generation tools to the company.
    Alongside the acquisition of NaturalMotion, Zynga also announced that it is laying off a total of 314 employees, or 15 percent of its workforce, as part of a cost reduction plan that is expected to save the company up to $35 million. During 2013, Zynga saw $873.3 million in revenue, but ultimately had a net loss of $37 million.

    Article Link: Zynga Acquires Company Behind 'Clumsy Ninja' App
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    "NaturalMotion specializes in high quality games.....a bit of a departure from Zynga's typical game style."

  3. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    What a horribly run company. They bought OMGPOP (draw something) for 180 million friggin dollars...and now this.

    Not to mention that Don Mattrick left the Xbox One division for Zynga, which is sort of like jumping out of the Hindenburg and landing on the Titanic.
  4. garylapointe macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2006
    Dearborn (Detroit), MI, USA
    The movement on Clumsy Ninja was pretty cool, but I didn't hold my attention enough to keep playing...

  5. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    OMG, if they sold their company for Zynga stock...they ain't gonna see much of a payday.
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Same here. But we're all adults here and it's a game aimed at kids.

    I would like to see another Horn type game from Zynga though, that'd be pretty cool. I think it's good that they're trying to branch out of things with friends though.
  7. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
  8. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    oh dear ... another game they can run to the ground. i thought they were broke like those ring tone commercial companies by now
  9. /dev/toaster macrumors 68020


    Feb 23, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Why wouldn't they ? They sold for $527 million in cash and stock.

    Per price Zynga stock is well under IPO price. But they have been holding at around $3.55 for a long while now.

    Sure there is the black out period, but chances are it will still be that price in 6 months. Zynga has had no growth and have basically flat lined.

    Outside of that, I am done playing Clumsy Ninja as of when I read this. I hate Zynga, they are worse then EA. They have ripped off so many game developers it is sickening. If they can't buy you, they will clone you.
  10. carbonrain macrumors newbie


    Jul 28, 2011
    Yea, but they're just going to ruin it. they ruin all games. the CEO even said he was over games. they killed rubyblast like dummies. forget them. I'm over them.
  11. lunaoso macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2012
    Boston, MA
    $587 mil? This is why Zynga is going down the tubes. They would need to make 1.6 mil a day up for an entire calendar year just to break even. 800,000 a day for 2 years to break even. After 3, realistically, the game will be old news. So basically they need close to a million a day for 2 years to be able to profit. Even win whatever tech they get from this, it's till not going to be worth it. Does anyone do math at Zynga? :eek:
  12. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
  13. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Clumsy Ninja is nifty but half a billion dollars? Good lord. To put that in perspective, they're paying 14X what Zynga lost last year. Kind of a miracle they are still in business despite Farmville etc.
  14. sully54 macrumors regular


    Sep 15, 2012
    Wait, so how does it make sense that they layoff staff to save $35 million and then in the same breath acquire a company for half a billion dollars?
  15. DrManhattan macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    I wouldn't mind if I never saw another Zynga post here ever again. Make it happen guys.
  16. springsup macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2013
    Too much IAP for me. Played with the game for about 20 minutes, then I just got annoyed about how pushy it was that I buy stuff.

    If you want my money, charge me for the game or let me enjoy it and choose to upgrade certain things I like once I see the value.

    Also, IIRC the IAPs were all (or mostly) consumable, which is a big turn-off for me.


    Companies that don't grow tend not to have the same stock price 6 months later.
  17. sebastian... macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2011
    Kinda weird that NaturalMotion was bought just for that small game, since NaturalMotion is a company that invented and developed new ways to animate realistic humans and other characters and developed professional software used even in Lord of the rings and other movies and TV ads.

    Basically that software is capable of simulating realistic human motion and reactions + physics and dynamics.

    I thought the Clumsy Ninja game (a fun game) was just a hobby project for them. What's gonna happen with their revolutionary professional software now ?
  18. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    time to make a game app to resell to zynga for 2 billion next year :cool:
  19. GavApple macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2013
    Oh Bu**er

    I hope Zynga don't screw this game up. I've enjoyed playing it since waiting a year for its release.
    NaturalMotion has done a good job with Clumsy Ninja!! :apple:
  20. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    I'd like to see one more:

    "Game Maker Zynga Shutters Its Doors For Good. World Yawns."
  21. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    My kids got bored with it before I did. LOL!
  22. B4U macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2012
    So, after they screwed draw something, this is next?
  23. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Ba ha, truth. Absolute truth.
  24. BiigBiscuit macrumors member

    Aug 23, 2011
    Why not pay less and use that money to maintain jobs and prevents layoffs?
  25. iPhD macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2007
    Any chance of Carl Icahn buying up all Zynga's stock and then doing whatever it is he does to bring forth destruction and damnation?

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