Zynga will be closing its offices in Japan by the end of January, according to the company’s head of operations in the territory.
Kenji Matsubara, CEO of Japan operations, took to Facebook to announce the news. Matusabara thanked users for playing the social and mobile company’s titles, and also revealed that its card battle game Ayakashi will continue to receive support moving forward.
A report from Tech Crunch later confirmed the news, with the following (roughly translated) posted to Zynga’s Japanese website:
"Notice of dissolution of a Japanese corporation
Thank you for patronizing always Zynga Japan. That we will continue to work but I get the kindness of everybody over two and a half years since its establishment as the Japanese subsidiary of U.S. company Zynga, to dissolve the corporation Womochimashite Japan January 31, 2013 due to various reasons became.
I would like to thank deeply from my heart to everyone, including the customer who enjoys the title of our past, we received your support.
Because we will continue to service beyond January 31, 2013 "Yin Ayakashi record" has gotten (and Android version of iOS) well received, thank you for your continued patronage and support."
While the closure will start Zynga off on the wrong foot in 2013, it’s hard to imagine the new year ending up worse for the company than the sum of everything that’s transpired during this past year.