Take-Two is closing Playdots two years after buying it for $192m


Zynga will take over the running of popular puzzler Two Dots after Take-Two decided to close New York-based developer Playdots.

65 staff are affected, and are being invited to apply for roles elsewhere at Take-Two-owned Zynga.

Bloomberg broke the news yesterday, with gamedeveloper.com following up to quote Take-Two spokesperson Alan Lewis as saying: “Everyone affected by this decision will have the opportunity to apply for other jobs at Zynga and those who do not find new roles will be eligible to receive severance.”

“We believe this difficult decision will better align our resources with the needs of the business in today’s dynamic market,” he continued. “The operation of Playdots’ popular puzzle game, Two Dots, will continue at another Zynga studio and there will be no disruption of service.”

Playdots was acquired by Take-Two in August 2020 for $192m, and currently has four live games: Dots, Two Dots, Dots & Co and Apple Arcade title Garden Tails. Of those games, only Two Dots is confirmed as continuing as a Zynga-run game. Zynga was of course itself acquired by Take-Two for a whopping $12.7bn earlier this year.

Two Dots is by far the biggest title in the Playdots portfolio, according to Appmagic data. It has over 100m lifetime downloads and has made $143m in developer revenue to date.

On average, over the last six months, Two Dots has been making Playdots around $3.3m per month, and monthly downloads are around 1.35m.

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