Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

March 25, 2011 -

According to a Market Watch report, Farmville maker Zynga is seeking a tax break from the city of San Francisco to keep its offices open there. The social game developer said that it is "encouraged" by ongoing negotiations with local government over the future of its San Francisco headquarters. Market Watch claims that Zynga recently threatened to leave the city if it did not receive tax exemptions similar to those recently given to Twitter.

A spokesperson for the company admitted to GameIndustry.biz that it is engaged in "serious discussions" with city officials, though it declined to comment further.

Zynga moved into its current location in September of last year and has space for around 2000 employees at the site, according to GI.biz.

Source: GI.biz, Market Watch


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Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

I'm going to rip on Zynga again, simply so there's something other than the console-pissing match going on:

I'd be nice if SF would tell Zynga to shove it, but it probably won't happen.

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Sounds like good news for Grif and Andrew.  Now they can laugh and giggle-snort their way through gum-gum drop fairy land with their magical wand of wiggly happiness.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

"...I decided to compile a list of games I would play on the Wii.

Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Twillight Princess, Super Paper Mario, No More Heroes"  -Erik 3/23/11

"Now let's compare my list to the list of games I own/want to own on the PS3 (which I don't like as much as my 360)

GTA4, Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Little Big Planet, Little Big Planet 2, Red Dead Redemption, Bioshock,  Bioshock 2,  Metal Gear Solid 4, God of War 3, Killzone 2, Killzone 3, Batman Arkham Asylum, Dead Space, Deadspace 2, Heavy Rain, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Just Cause 2, Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, Borderlands, Dead Rising 2, Infamous, Infamous 2, Demon's Souls."  -Erik 3/24/11

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Your console: http://sarcasticgamer.com/wp/index.php/2010/01/wii-dont-want-grown-up-ga...

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Indeed, M rated titles don't tend to fare well sales wise on the Wii.  No argument there.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

So you can enjoy your Pokemans, I'll enjoy consoles with a little wider age range.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Pokemon Snap was kinda cool but other than that, I don't care for the Pokemon series.  Regardless, feel free to enjoy games on any console you choose.

Although, interestingly, the Xbox 360's library of games has a narrower age range than that of the PS3 and Wii.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

We've pretty much already established that isn't the case.  Especially with developers giving up on anything other than child games for the Wii.

I'll ignore the Pokemon Snap bit.  Are you just pitching underhand to me to emaculate yourself at this point?

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

"Emaculate" myself?  What the hell are you talking about?  Look:

Wii - games ranging EC to M

PS3 - games ranging EC to M

Xbox 360 - games ranging E to M

See?  The 360 has no EC titles.  Therefore, it has a slightly narrower age range of games than the other two.  Now, are there more M rated games on 360 and PS3 than on the Wii?  Yes.  I never said there wasn't.  Do M rated games tend to not sell very well on the Wii.  Yes.  I never argued that point either.  If M rated games are your preference are you better off on the PS3 or 360?  Oh hell yeah!  And I've never suggested otherwise.

All I've said is that if you enjoyed the games you said you'd play (and later clarified you did play) on the Wii, then there were more where those came from.  I also said that if you found nothing in my list appealing, there was absolutely nothing wrong with that.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

"Now, are there more M rated games on 360 and PS3 than on the Wii?  Yes.  I never said there wasn't.  Do M rated games tend to not sell very well on the Wii.  Yes.  I never argued that point either.  If M rated games are your preference are you better off on the PS3 or 360?  Oh hell yeah!  And I've never suggested otherwise."

You see, you agree with me even though you don't know it.  The Wii does have a narrow age range.

"All I've said is that if you enjoyed the games you said you'd play (and later clarified you did play) on the Wii, then there were more where those came from."

I'd rather lick a hot skillet than play your suggestions.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

"You see, you agree with me even though you don't know it.  The Wii does have a narrow age range."

Well, if that's true, then so does the PS3.  Also, the 360 has an even narrower age range, being home to zero EC titles.  And the PC has the widest range hosting everything from EC to AO.

The Wii and the PS3 have the widest age range of the three main consoles, both hosting everything from EC to M.  The Wii having more E than M games does not give it a narrow age range any more than a console having more M than E games would.

"I'd rather lick a hot skillet than play your suggestions."

And as I've said many times now, I don't care if you play them or not.
 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

"Well, if that's true, then so does the PS3.  Also, the 360 has an even narrower age range, being home to zero EC titles.  And the PC has the widest range hosting everything from EC to AO."

And you show you completely have no clue what I am refering to when I say range.

lets take two fictitious countries with some fictitious races.

Country A has one indigo dude named Ed, one green guy named bob, and one million sky blue people.

Country B has half a million green people, and half a million sky blue people.

I would say that country B would have a more diverse culture.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

"And you show you completely have no clue what I am refering to when I say range."

How can I when you use the word incorrectly?  If you meant "the other two consoles have more M rated games in its library than the Wii," that's certainly true but more M rated titles is not a "wider age range".  A wider range of M rated titles to choose from?  Absolutely.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Not just more M-rated games, but with the more M-rated games it has a greater spread than the Wii.  The Wii on the other hand is a large amount of children's games with some exceptions, therefore less range.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Less range in M games, yes.  I already said that.  But having more M games doesn't give the 360 or PS3 a greater age range of games any more than having more E games gives the Wii greater range.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Report: Zynga Seeking Tax Incentives from San Francisco

Which means it has an all over less range.  The 360 and the Wii have some E games and some M games.  The Wii has a crapton of E games and a dying smattering of M games.  Ergo the range on the Wii SUCKS.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

 
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