While the entire OMGPOP team got fired (save a few people sticking around to help with the transition), hardly any of the web-first Farmville 2 team got the boot, notes Shontell. "We thought, 'You just laid off your most talented mobile team,'" a former employee told her. "We were totally under-utilized," he added. The OMG employee who spoke with BetaBeat also mentioned weird vibes from the mothership out West. "We never felt like there was a connection there as far as the culture. I think people are pretty bitter about Zynga acquiring OMGPOP last year," the out-of-work game programmer said, suggesting Zynga chose their office as a result of that kind of bitterness.
In any case, the former Zynga employees — at least the ones who spoke out Tuesday — don't sound too broken up about the situation. After the purging ceremony, the group went to a local bar and started talking about what they would do next. "Just 'cuz Zynga bought us doesn’t meant that they dumbed us down," a just-fired employee said. "I think the people here are going to create some awesome stuff."