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Sneak Peek at Fall-Inspired Recipes from FarmVille 2 and Food Network’s Marc Murphy to Help ‘No Kid Hungry’

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FV2M_RecipePage_hero_hires (3)At Zynga we believe in using farm-to-table, seasonal ingredients to create the freshest, most enjoyable meals, often inspired by the tasty dishes players craft in our FarmVille games. This season we’re proud to team up with Marc Murphy, regular judge on Food Network’s hit show Chopped and Chef + Owner of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc + Ditch Plains) and Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy, to cook up a “FarmVille to Table” inspired recipe for a good cause: helping to fight child hunger.

Starting this week in FarmVille 2 on Facebook, players can contribute to No Kid Hungry by purchasing special crop packets  to help the fight against child hunger. Marc’s pumpkin risotto with gorgonzola and walnuts recipe, inspired by one of the special crop packets, Great Pumpkin, is chock full of classic fall flavors. The recipe was developed exclusively for Zynga’s FarmVille to Table digital cookbook, a collection of FarmVille inspired recipes for players to cook and enjoy right at home. The complete FarmVille to Table digital cookbook will be available later this year.

Marc Murphy had this to share on the importance of ending childhood hunger. “It’s important to me that kids of all ages have access to healthy food, and families know how to cook delicious meals with fresh ingredients, like the pumpkins that are now available at farmer’s markets and supermarkets across the country. Our partnership with Zynga and FarmVille 2 raises awareness and important funds to help No Kid Hungry fight childhood hunger. The FarmVille to Table digital cookbook embodies the values of fresh, farm to table ingredients, and validates that cooking is fun, easy and an activity the whole family can enjoy.”

We’ll be rolling out more delicious recipes in our complete FarmVille to Table digital cookbook later this fall. In the meantime, you can preview selected recipes from players, our executive chef and notable food writers at: http://www.farmvilletotable.com

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Sneak Peek: Looney Tunes Dash! Sprinting onto Mobile Soon

Meep! Meep! Get ready for Looney Tunes Dash!, a fresh take on Runner games, coming soon to mobile devices worldwide. In creating Looney Tunes Dash!, we spent a lot of time talking to players and wanted to make a game that met the request we heard most often – “Give me a reason to run and a real sense of progress.” In other words, a Runner game that rewards completion – one where you play to master objectives and feel great about completing a tough challenge.

In Looney Tunes Dash! players will run, jump, smash and slide into new adventures as their favorite Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Road Runner and more. By completing levels, players progress to unlock new characters and enjoy zones set within iconic landscapes. Along the way, players can master each character’s special ability and challenge their skills as the frenetic world of Looney Tunes explodes at every twist, turn and swipe.

We’re proud to partner with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to bring the beloved Looney Tunes brand to mobile. Runner games are built to be fast-paced, high-energy and unpredictably fun, and I can think of no better world than Looney Tunes – filled with falling anvils, wacky gadgets, dramatic explosions, and so much more – to captivate and entertain fans. We are also especially proud to partner again with Eat Sleep Play, the world class game developer behind the hit game series Twisted Metal. Zynga worked closely with Eat Sleep Play on Stampede Run, and they’re back again helping to bring the world of Looney Tunes Dash! to life.

This week Looney Tunes Dash! begins to roll out in select markets, and will be available soon worldwide.

For now, that’s all folks! Stay tuned for more details in the coming months.

– John vanSuchtelen, general manager of Looney Tunes Dash!

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Every Day is Gameday with Zynga’s New Mobile Football Game NFL Showdown

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NFL Showdown LogoEver wish you could call the big plays like Jim Harbaugh, stand in the shoes of the guy on the sidelines getting the Gatorade shower or make a clutch fourth down pass like Tom Brady to win the game? Well, starting today, you can with the launch of Zynga’s NFL Showdown.

As the first addition to our franchise – Zynga Sports 365 – NFL Showdown puts you, the fan, in the thick of the action with your favorite NFL teams and players 365 days a year. We listened to your feedback about the types of sports games you want to play on your smartphone and tablet, and focused on creating a game tailor-made for your on-the-go lifestyle. The result is a new way for you to engage with your favorite sport. Instead of donning a player jersey, you get to take on the role of Coach, General Manager and Owner as you join a real league and guide your team to victory every season in pursuit of the ultimate prize, the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

NFL Showdown is a football manager simulation game that delivers authenticity, accessibility, community and competition. We know authenticity is particularly important, so we worked with the National Football League and NFL Players Inc., to bring the real NFL teams and athletes you watch on the field every football season into the game. In NFL Showdown you control the show, managing your own NFL football team from a hopeful season contender to a potential dynasty. You can update your roster, choose a starting lineup, sign free agents, train your team, build game day tactics and compete against friends and rivals in your league. The best part, NFL Showdown has no offseason. It can be played all year long during short seasons, so you can interact with athletes, teams and other NFL fans all year long.

NFL Showdown also includes a number of core features players like you told us they wanted such as:

  • Daily Showdowns – You get to take control of your favorite NFL team and join an authentic 32 team league where, once a day, your team squares off in a showdown against a league rival in a quest to win the season, earn a spot in the playoffs and make a run for the Super Bowl. In NFL Showdown every day is gameday, so you must prepare and train your team and set your strategy, then sit back and watch the action unfold on the field.
  • Build and Control an NFL Dream Team – In NFL Showdown, you get to pick your favorite NFL football team and create the ultimate starting lineup with real NFL athletes. Once your roster is set, your players take the field and put your winning strategy to the test.
  • Real-Time Fantasy Boosts – During the real NFL season, you will receive in-game boosts based on the points your athletes have earned through NFL Fantasy Football, helping increase your chances of winning the season.
  • Win a Super Bowl Each Month – You have a chance to lead your team to the Super Bowl every three weeks.  As each season passes, you can compete, improve and build the ultimate NFL dynasty.

Check out the game today on the App Store and Google Play and see if you have what it takes to build the next great NFL dynasty. The game will also be available on Microsoft Windows smartphones and tablets in the coming months, as well as Facebook.

See you on the field!

Mike Taramykin

Vice President of Games, Zynga Sports 365

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