Zynga has shut down their Boston office entirely and performed significant layoffs in their Austin office this afternoon, reports say.
Boston-area game developers are reporting on Twitter that Zynga Boston has been completely shuttered today. The Boston studio, known as Conduit Labs before being acquired by Zynga in 2010, created the Indiana Jones Adventure World Facebook game.
Reports are also beginning to surface of major layoffs at Zynga's Chicago office, and at Zynga Austin:
Zynga just laid off 100+ employees (incl. my friends) in its Austin office during the Apple Event. Gave them 2 hours to vacate. RT please.— Justin Maxwell (@303) October 23, 2012
Gamasutra is confirming the reports of the Austin layoffs.
The news about the studio closures and layoffs began to circulate during Apple's big press conference, in a piece of timing not unlike THQ's decision earlier this year to announce layoffs during the first day of E3.
We have asked Zynga for comment and will update as soon as we hear back.