2012 has been rough for the company behind FarmVille. Zynga has lost a total of $US160 million during the nine month period from January to September 30, 2012, the company said in an earnings report today.
This includes a loss of $US52 million over the past three months. Yesterday, Zynga laid off 150 staff and shut down 13 games, including The Ville. (We still don't know exactly which other games were shuttered -- I've reached out to the company for clarification.)
That's not to say they're falling apart: as the company noted in its financial report today, they're still controlling half of the top-10 games on Facebook: Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, Bubble Safari, ChefVille, and FarmVille 2.