Canadian games creator Big Viking to buy back Yoville from Zynga to avoid the game's early death

February 5
7:34 AM 2014

Big Viking Games is seeking to re-acquire YoVille from Zynga to help the game avoid an early shut down. The in-browser game is due to be shut down by March, according to TechCrunch.

Launched in 2008, YoVille reached its peak popularity with around 20 million active players. However, the game now only has about 500,000 monthly users. Zynga said it decided to shut down the game because it needed to focus its time and effort to new games rather than maintain old ones, the report detailed.

Big Viking still sees some value in the YoVille property. According to co-founder Albert Lai, the Toronto-based company is in advanced discussions with Zynga for a takeover, the report explained.

Zynga, on the other hand, has yet to comment on a potential deal involving YoVille at this point. But if the deal goes through, this would be the first time that the gaming giant would sell back one of its acquisitions, TechCrunch reported.

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