Zynga Introduces Sparkling New Addition To The With Friends Franchise With Launch Of Gems With Friends

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Zynga, (Nasdaq:ZNGA), the world's leading provider of social game services, today announced the global launch of Gems With Friends, a next-generation mobile social game for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that incorporates fun and fast-paced arcade elements, making it a brain teaser that will propel players to think and act fast. Gems With Friends is the sixth title in the growing With Friends franchise, which includes features players know and love such as in-game chat, board game style layout and easy to learn, yet hard to master gameplay.

Since 2009, the With Friends franchise of games has captured players' imaginations by offering fun and meaningful mobile game experiences ranging from new twists on classic favorites such as Words With Friends and Hanging With Friends to brand new games such as Matching With Friends and now Gems With Friends. All With Friends games encourage players to take a break and connect with their friends wherever they are – whether at home or on-the-go.

Today – at any given time – approximately 53 million With Friends games are being played, and approximately six million chat messages are sent per day. Additionally, Zynga recently polled 35 thousand With Friends players and an amazing 38 percent said that they watch TV less because they play With Friends games.

"We are always looking for innovative ways to expand the With Friends franchise and create brand new games that people love to play," said Travis Boatman, Senior Vice President of Mobile at Zynga. "When players pick up a With Friends game they can expect the signature features, but we will continue to keep them guessing with new genres and mechanics as we expand the franchise."

Gems With Friends challenges players to out strategize their opponent by combining gems to score the most points. Each game consists of three rounds of game-play at two minutes a round, where players drag and drop gem-shaped pieces (as fast as they can!) to achieve the higher score.

Shiny new features include:
  • Race to the Finish: With just two minutes per round and three rounds per game, Gems With Friends players must combine gems at lightning speed in order to score points and beat their opponent.
  • Hidden Treasures: Players receive one free Power Gem before the start of each game, which they can use as a wild card to combine any two similar gems and unlock special effects.
  • Doesn't Matter How You Say 'Gem': Because Gems With Friends uses numbered gems, it can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere. So, whether it's a gem, joya, or gemme, everyone will be talking about the newest With Friends sensation!
  • Gems are Truly Outrageous: Don't be fooled by the pretty colors, Gems With Friends is the first arcade-style game in the franchise, requiring players to think fast and strategically at the same time.
  • Stay Connected: Favorite social features like in-game chat and Facebook log-in allow players to connect with friends and opponents wherever, whenever.

Gems With Friends joins the growing With Friends franchise of games that also includes Words With Friends, Scramble With FriendsHanging With Friends, Chess With Friends and Matching With Friends. Gems With Friends is the first arcade-style title in the franchise – but with a similar look and feel as other With Friends titles – so players are sure to feel right at home as they play.

Gems With Friends is available for free on the App store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/ .

Game logo and images can be found here: https://zynga.box.com/s/192cedae5a9687f25f18 .  

For additional information, please contact press@zynga.com and follow us on Twitter.com/Zynga and Twitter.com/GemsWFriends. More information can also be found via the Zynga blog at http://www.zynga.com/about/blog.php .

About Zynga Inc.

Zynga Inc. (Nasdaq:ZNGA) is the world's leading provider of social game services with 306 million monthly active users playing its games, which include FarmVille, Words With Friends, Matching With Friends, Scramble With Friends, The Ville, Bubble Safari, Ruby Blast, Draw Something, Zynga Slingo, CastleVille, CityVille, Hidden Chronicles, Zynga Poker, Zynga Bingo, Zynga Slots, Empires & Allies, The Pioneer Trail, and Mafia Wars. Zynga's games are available on a number of global platforms, including Facebook, Zynga.com, Google+, Tencent, Apple iOS and Google Android. Through Zynga.org, Zynga players have raised more than $10 million for world social causes. Zynga is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, our launch of Gems With Friends, upcoming features for the game, and the success of Gems With Friends and the With Friends franchise; building and expanding the Zynga platform and Zynga With Friends Network; the continued success of our franchise games and our games, platform and network generally; and our future operational plans, prospects and opportunities to expand our business. Forward-looking statements often include words such as "outlook," "projected," "will," "anticipate," "believe," "expect," and statements in the future tense are generally forward-looking statements. The achievement or success of the matters covered by such forward-looking statements involves risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those predicted or implied, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of our future performance. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, our relationship with Facebook or changes in the Facebook platform, our ability to launch new games in a timely manner and monetize these games, our ability to control expenses, competition, changing interests of players, intellectual property disputes or other litigation, asset impairment charges, our ability to anticipate and address technical challenges that may arise, acquisitions by us and changes in corporate strategy or management.

More information about factors that could affect our operating results is included under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, copies of which may be obtained by visiting our Investor Relations web site at http://investor.zynga.com  or the SEC's web site at  www.sec.gov . Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this release, which are based on information available to us on the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update such statements.
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