Mafia Wars Rolls Back Players & Possible New Zynga & Facebook Scandal
We have been updating you all that the War Loot Rollbacks in Mafia Wars were coming. We told you about how Nate the Community Manager said it on their Mafia Wars Live Show & then the follow up confirmation with the Mafia Wars Blog. Then last night as we were LIVE on our show The Facebook & Zynga Podcast we broke the news they had begun.
While most people who did get the War Loot Glitch knew they would get rolled back and are being somewhat understanding about it. The main problem with this rollback is the fact that not only did Zynga take back too much war loot from people but 1000’s of innocent people have been caught in this just like everyone knew would happen. These people were rolled back and didn’t even use the scripts to get the glitch. Some actually paid the extra reward points to declare war more often to get extra loot. So much for a fair & balanced game !!!
If Zynga programmers could properly code the game none of this would of ever happened but they cant or just do a half assed job sometimes. Just look at all the current games issues that they even admit they cant identify to fix and the ones with easy fixes that get ignored. I hate to admit it but the script makers do a much better job than the Zynga programmers and when some thing breaks down or needs to be fixed they fix it much faster than Zynga ever could. Maybe they should hire the script makers to come in and fix the game cause they sure cant at times. Spock On !!!
We also saw alot of people who just had enough with Zynga after this Rollback and quit the game last night while others have started new groups demanding the loot be returned . While some people who got rolled back were given other loot and RP’s credits for spending to do more wars. According to Zynga nothing will be done to resolve this issue for them according to a post on the support site as you can see from this post from their own support page.
Updated 08/04/2011 at 00:06
This is going to turn into a major PR headache for Zynga especially if they dont restore the innocent people’s accounts who got caught in their web. Zynga is having a hard enough time retaining players and stopping the spiraling drop off of players in all their games. Basically it is like they dont care anymore which is truly a shame. Time to wake up or maybe not if this next thing is true you might just be done anyway.
According to an article by Kinsey Jamison at Games.com it seems their might be an issue with Zynga’s actual players numbers as they might just be inflated or propped up by Facebook. The article seems to think that the 2 companies are working together on this. Take a look at this chart of Empires & Allies from AppData.com to see what Games.com is talking about.
It does seem strange that all of a sudden on July 18 2011 the numbers stabilized as far as the MAU are concerned. After talking with unnamed sources at Zynga, who see the actual game data, they say the number are not that stable. So this is a big concern that will be investigated.
The article brings up some good points and points that really need to be addressed and investigated. If this is true and is happening to make Zynga look more appealing to future investors when the IPO comes out this is major fraud and I am sure the SEC & other federal regulators will be looking into this and if they find this is true Zynga can kiss their IPO plans goodbye as the SEC will not allow any company to do this and hurt potential investors especially with everyone watching this IPO so closely.
Unfortunately if this is true Facebook & Zynga not only screwed themselves but they have screwed many other companies that might just be looking to capitalize on the Social Game & Network craze as they will be under a ton more scrutiny thus making it harder for them to go public and even get new investors not to mention what the people who support the games everyday will do.
I have tried to contact Zynga, Facebook,the SEC & Goldman Saks but have not received a reply yet on this but I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.