Big Viking Games Saves YoVille Game by Buying it Back from Zynga, Renames it YoWorld

London's Big Viking Games has saved the players of YoVille.

Viking sold the virtual world game, launched in 2008, to Zynga a few years ago—but this year Zynga announced it would shutter the game. Instead, Viking, bought the game back, returning it to Canada and renaming it YoWorld. The deal allegedly took months to negotiate.

In YoVille, which is a "freemium" game, players create avatars, build and decorate homes, work jobs, and interact with other avatars.

Big Viking Games says if the deal is successful—the ink is slated to dry on May 11—it plans to hire more staff to the support the game.


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Zynga is the world’s largest social game developer. More than 215 million monthly active users play its games. Zynga’s games include FarmVille, Treasure Isle, Zynga Poker, Mafia Wars, YoVille, Café World, FishVille, PetVille and FrontierVille. Zynga games are available on Facebook, MySpace and the iPhone. Through, Zynga players have raised more than $3 million for world social causes.... more

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Big Viking Games is a leading social and mobile game development studio. The company focuses on making fans both externally and internally and has been recognized as the Globe and Mail's Top 100 Employer for 2014 and Top 50 Employer for Young People. With studios in London, Ontario and Toronto, Ontario our team of developers, artists and game designers are industry specialists who embrace the... more

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