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Mafia Wars Retires Get Satisfaction & Other Game Features Is The Game Next ?

Mafia Wars & Zynga seems to be cleaning things up a bit, retiring game features & the the much liked Get Satisfaction Feedback forum is the Game next ???

 As many of  the Mafia Wars players have already seen game features are being eliminated such as the Secret Stash & Crime Spree, they are releasing only a few new items such as fight loot just to keep people interested,Customer Support is just paying players off with reward points & loot items instead of fixing the game issues, they are retiring a very popular Get Satisfaction forum, which has helped get many things done, are bringing things back to the original forums which 99% of the player hate and dont use & they have been offering 50 – 60% discounts on reward points, which where I come from is a sign a company is preparing to go out of business or in this case a game closing.

Many players are seeing the same signs that many players from MySpace & Tagged.com had seen before the game was eliminated from those platforms. Plus now with announcement of the new Project Z, Zynga’s own gaming platform, is there really room for an old point and click game like Mafia Wars when all the others are now flashier interactive games. Not to mention the popularity of it mobile platform & mobile gaming in general where does a dinosaur like Mafia Wars fit in, in my opinion it doesn’t. 

When Zynga decided to make a new Mafia Wars game called Mafia Wars 2 ( The Flash Version as I call it ) the writing on the wall became clearer. Zynga before and right after it came out has always maintained that this was a completely separate game and that Mafia Wars would not be closing. However when you hear from them and ask them now if the game will be closing they seem to be saying not at this time.

Unfortunately right now Zynga is in what is know as the quiet time before the much anticipated IPO so they can not comment on what games are closing or pretty much anything that has not be release publically. So we are stuck waiting, however some other reliable sources in the gaming industry are privately saying they hear it will be closing in the first quarter of 2012. Again this is just a rumor but a rumor that in my opinion that could be very true unfortunately.

As a businessman I can understand Zynga’s position if they do decide to end Mafia Wars as the game does not fit into its new gaming platform they have just set forth but as a player it is sad that that it has come to this when all the players gave them ways to improve the game including the, now what seems defunct, PAC ( Player’s Advisory Committee). But I understand the costs involved in doing a complete revamp of the game section by section to bring it up to speed as it is cheaper to just make a new game and that is what they did with Mafia Wars 2. 

I know the many players out there who have quite honestly spent 10’s of thousands of dollars are going to be outraged if the game closes and I am sure will never spend another penny on any other Zynga game. Some will even try to sue to get some of their money back but that is like suing an arcade to get back your quarters because they removed your favorite game to add a new improved game. Not gonna happen. 

I am sure after the IPO we will get a better picture of what is actually going to be happening with all the Zynga games and I am sure Mafia Wars is not the only game on the chopping block. You can bet on that one but it will be sad to see happen especially as a player of the game since it’s inception and I have played on MySpace, Tagged.com & yes even Yahoo so I have also seen the signs when a game is closing so in my opinion I think they will be closing it on Facebook next in favor of the new game Mafia Wars 2.

Now The Waiting Begins…

October 20, 2011 - Posted by | Blogs

34 Comments »

  1. If they close mafia wars I will and I promise to never play another zynga game again

    Comment by Richard John Neff | March 24, 2013 | Reply

  2. It’s official. MW’s is closing. Some ppl are already getting the header in the game. December 5th and it’s all over.

    Comment by Sherri Patreed | November 7, 2012 | Reply

  3. MW2 is so fucking buggy….and Zynga’s tech support is gawd awful

    Comment by Chuck Schick | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  4. mafia Wars 2 sucks! Rock n Roll MW1!!!=)

    Nothing compares to MW1

    Comment by MwLoot Info | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. mafia Wars 2 sucks! Rock n Roll MW1!!!=)

    Comment by MwLoot Info | October 23, 2011 | Reply

  6. If you kill maffia,, i will stop playing, as sevral more. put allot of money in the game. i will never play maffia 2 *Platinum player* and i now most of my friends will stop to..

    Comment by Roger Larsson | October 22, 2011 | Reply

  7. Never read such a nonsense so “well-written” full of “arguments”.

    “As many of the Mafia Wars players have already seen game features are being eliminated such as the Secret Stash & Crime Spree, they are releasing only a few new items such as fight loot just to keep people interested…”

    I see that they removed some old features that most likely were hardly used and all features have a performance cost, so no big deal if they phase those out. It seems you forget the fact that besides new items as fight loot they release and recently released new features like missions, families, family battles, etc. and adding new properties as well. we still get new cities and oh well. The features have never been released in such a high paste than nowadays. As a “business man” you would know that wasting resources on what you are planning to close soon is a waste of money…

    “some other reliable sources in the gaming industry are privately saying they hear it will be closing in the first quarter of 2012. Again this is just a rumor but a rumor that in my opinion that could be very true unfortunately.”

    As being well informed as you might be as a “business man” you must be aware of the huge many millions deal Zynga and Facebook agreed upon May 2010, that contract will end in 2015, so it makes no sense that Zynga is closing any big games like MW or that they going to offer their games only through their own platform. All RP’s bought have FB credits as intermediate where FB gets 30% revenue, don’t think they would say, sure do it your own, while the contract lasts.

    “When Zynga decided to make a new Mafia Wars game called Mafia Wars 2 ( The Flash Version as I call it ) the writing on the wall became clearer.”

    I would rather call you paranoia instead of business man… Zynga releases many games, most in the same style and always there is cross promotion between games. Never anyone worried that MW would be sacrificed for another game. Now it is called Mafia Wars 2, well they just thought it would be cool to breed a City Ville game with a Mafia twist. how smart would it be to take advantage of name branding? Still MW is a popular game, so good choice to make use of that name for a new game from business perspective. None of your arguments suggest a close down of Mafia Wars.

    IF they want to quit a game, they stop investing time and resources and take it of when the costs of maintaining exceed the income. No signs of that at all…

    Comment by Merijn van Tilborg | October 21, 2011 | Reply

  8. I think the lawsuit possibility has more merit than you give it. Zynga HAS given players compensation to switch platforms. Granted it was in the form of RP, but, that is what the customer purchased with his $.
    So demanding such compensation, or, a monetary refund becomes more of an option. Class action suit could bring together millions on facebook, wanting their $17 back LOL.

    Comment by William Duffey | October 21, 2011 | Reply

  9. i would like to say…if it go`s…so do i…you can stick mafia wars 2 where the sun dont shine….i will not play that crap…its nothing like the real one…i was on myyearbook.com and that was way better, but i did like the friends and fun of the game, TO TAKE MAFIA WARS AWAY, IS LIKE KILLING ME!! ….I AM DISABLED AND CANT DO MUCH ELSE …

    Comment by lee ward ~~ DISABLER | October 21, 2011 | Reply

  10. If that rumor is true Replacing MW by MW2 is big mistake that zynga ever did, imagine an 19 or 20 million MW Player around the world will stop playing because if idiotic change come on zynga “think” before you do something stupid….if that gonna be happens then goodbye facebook it’s something i really wanna do i just staying for facebook because of Mafiawars.

    Comment by Jm Garcia | October 21, 2011 | Reply

  11. i’ll leave all zynga game if they closing mafia wars, MW-2 its looks like farmville lol

    Comment by Adi Nugroho | October 21, 2011 | Reply

  12. MW is not going to shut down Nostradamus. Your sources have about as much reliable knowledge of the gaming industry as you do about being a businessman. MW is a cash cow still regardless of the number of daily players.

    Chicken Little, do not post BS like this in the future, it just stirs unrest and when the facts come out it makes you look like an idiot.

    ~Knowledgeable

    Comment by NOt Dumb | October 20, 2011 | Reply

    • whats the matter you cant use a real name / ip address / or email . If you want to insult someone try being a real person putz.

      Comment by johnsweeney09 | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  13. I do not care for, the illustrated violence in, MW2. I love the teamwork and the friendships I have made in MW.

    Comment by Tina Zaugg | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  14. let me tell everybody here something, I came from Myspace originally before Facebook, I was on Myspace MW for 4 years….nothing going on in the FB game right now is even remotely close to the kind of stuff that was going on in Myspace..its not even CLOSE!…Some signs in Myspace that the game was going bye bye… (1.)Russia was locked up for a year, you couldn’t do most of the jobs in Russia….(2.) You could not gift anything to anybody…(3.) Cash timers for NY stopped working, again for a year, no fix (4.)New loot items, marketplace items, crate items were not being made and put into the game, the same items were in the store for at least 8-12 months. (5.) When sending an email to customer support you never got an answer back… at all! not even an acknowledgement they got your email (6.)forum updates stopped, and anytime a mod or somebody of significance from Zynga did comment on the forum they would say something like they would have an answer in 4 weeks…but 4 weeks never came…

    these are REAL signs that Z is about to axe a game…not, “my game isn’t working good today” or “they took out a feature” ..as long as new missions, cities, and other features and items are being updated on a regular basis, and also you can access most of the game 99% of the time, there is no need to get paranoid and declare that the sky is falling…when you don’t see, or cant do any of that, and it goes on for months upon months to a year, then its time to worry

    Comment by MW4Life | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  15. I prefer Mafia Wars. Mafia Wars 2 is less interesting for me.

    Comment by Lucie Gi | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  16. I prefer to play Mafia Wars, No other games interested me like Mafia Wars. MafiaWars2 is less interesting fo me.

    Comment by Lucie Gi | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  17. I for one only play mafia wars and mostly for the social interaction that we get from clans. If mafia wars is cancelled I will not play any other games and I will also never spend another penny on an online game. I know I have not spent any where near the money some people have spent and If zynga had spent time fixing what was wrong with the game instead of piling more crap on us every week maybe they would have seen more players sticking with the game instead of leaving in droves

    Comment by Fern | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  18. I have played since the beginning and this is the only reason I come to zynga…drop the game and say goodbye…there are other places to spend my time….MW2 plays like cityville …bites….gonna lose alot of players!!!

    Comment by greg | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  19. John, I am now on Facebook solely for Mafia Wars, I have spent a lot of time and real $$ on the game. I would not and will not enter another zynga or for that matter any social networking game. I have not and will not EVER try MW2 as I do not wish to give zynga any encouragement. Given what you have said I will not purchase a single RP until Zynga gives a defenitive answer as to the future of MW. I think given the commitment of the hardcore clan members there IS a place for Mafia Wars on the social networking platform. I hope you are wrong, but fear you are right………….if you are it will be farewell Facebook, farewell zynga, hello real life. IMHO binning MW would be another HUGE mistake in a long and growing list of huge FUBAR’s by the incredibly inept Zynga.

    Comment by David Simpson | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  20. Close Mafia wars and I am another who will never play aaZynga game again. As for Mafia wars 2 – an insult to all mafia wars players and an insult to any intelligent person over the age of 4.

    Comment by Pauline Thomas | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  21. I am only on FB for Mafia Wars….

    Comment by chris holen | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  22. I for one willnot play MW2. If i liked the game format i would have been playing crime city!! If they close MW im sure vampire wars and all other games based on that format will go also. As will I from any other Zynga games

    Comment by Jim Albedyll | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  23. Hi everyone,
    As for the first comment by me, please say how many other players here have ALREADY stopped playing other Zynga games due to game issues , faults,freezing them losing rewards or progress in a game ?
    People were missing a big part of the puzzle here. Theres so many people here that have stopped playing other games….Farmville,cafe’, fronteirville, worldwar, Vegas slots the list goes on……
    The 1 game regardless of the problems involved we play because we love the blast with talking to friends & gameplay no matter how you want to see it will be a big loss not for ZYNGA . but a loss for the players as a whole !

    Comment by Ric Denter | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  24. The new game is rubbish a 12 yr old might have made better graphics .using only crayons there lousy.I jave played on myspace for a long time and if facebook goes away it will be a mass exit from zynga a full out retreat is a utter joke this type of way of just taking peoples money and time I will never play a zynga app ever again

    Comment by reg waters | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  25. I would love it if you are wrong….. I am hoping you are wrong though it does make sense😦

    Comment by Tara Campbell | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  26. spent a lot of times in MW only have try MW2 for the pole dancer reward.And can tell U,MW2 sucks….no fun same MW but must say if they not did missions so fast behind each other than there was NEVER a problem and still had over 1mill players…….so stupid what zynga did…..

    Comment by Dutchy Overwijk | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  27. I think Mafia Wars 2 is more fun than Mafia Wars. Lots of Mafia Wars is just clicking buttons to increase progress bars, but in Mafia Wars 2, you acutally go around & do stuff.

    Comment by John Locke | October 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Really the gameplay is so child like its a remake cross – sim’s/ crime city you would rather play a game that the most action you do is stare at BOUNCING cash ?
      Even with all its faults it brings together ppl that would never speak ……. So when that game does go away so will a huge following of players that love the game I for 1 will go back to wasting my time playing video games

      Comment by Ric Denter | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  28. Mafia Wars 2 sucks!!!

    Comment by Scarlet | October 20, 2011 | Reply

    • I Agree 100%….Mafia Wars 2 is SOOOOOOO BORING!!!!!

      Comment by Suzette Mael | October 20, 2011 | Reply

      • Yes!!Scarlet,mafia war 2 is very bnoring!!!!don´ñt like thats game,my favorite is Mafia War!!original!!

        Comment by Humberto Urribarri Prieto | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  29. I have not even tried Mafia Wars 2 yet, and don’t plan on it ever!!!! If they pull Mafia Wars I will be done with Zygna all together!!!!!!

    Comment by Michael Smale | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  30. I will suer NOT play anymore Zygna games if they pull Mafia Wars. I have a lot of time spent on this game!!!!

    Comment by Stormy Skys | October 20, 2011 | Reply


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