Hankering to hit the Jackpot? So are we! And we’re counting on you, our Zynga Poker players, to help. Did you know that more than 780 million people – more than two times the U.S. population – lack access to clean water? Water is an important issue to all of us at Zynga, and we know it’s an issue many of you care about as well. Last year, our Zynga Poker players supported the development of 10 new water wells in Ethiopia, and this year we want to do even more!
Join Zynga’s pool of good gamers by using your supreme poker skills to go all-in and raise money for Water.org, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Gary White and Matt Damon that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation. From March 13 through March 27, Zynga Poker players can contribute 15 percent of their winnings to the Water.org charity pot by activating the Helping Hands feature.
If the charity pot reaches 2 trillion chips by March 27, Zynga will donate $100,000, bringing Zynga’s total contribution to Water.org to $1 million. That’s enough funds to provide access to water for more than 2.8 million people for a year!*
Since launching in 2007, more than 350 million people have played Zynga Poker – that’s a huge community that can make an impact on the global water crisis. So, here’s hoping you win big in Zynga Poker and help us hit the $1 million mark with Water.org.
*For only $25, Water.org can bring someone access to clean water for life http://water.org/water-crisis/one-billion-affected/
The rake can be enabled or disabled at any time during the promotion by pressing the check button next to Chip Rake in the feature menu. Chip contributions are non-refundable and non-transferable regardless of goal match shortage or overage. All contributions are final. Zynga will donate $100,000 to Water.org if 2 trillion chips have been contributed by 3/27/2104. The promotion is anticipated to run from 3/13/2014 until 3/272014. The overall status meter is updated whenever the app is refreshed.
“All right, kid, you win. We’ll do it your way. What do you want to do? You want to play a game? It’s playtime, right? We’ll play a game.” – Ted.
In the words of Ted, it’s playtime. Grab your Thunder Buddies because Ted, the #1 highest grossing R-rated original comedy of all time, is available in the exclusive Hit It Rich! Ted slots game now on Facebook: https://apps.facebook.com/hititrich/.
Your favorite walking, talking teddy bear will take center stage in the new Hit It Rich! Ted, giving you a chance to follow the debaucherous antics of Ted in an authentic, casino-style social slots game. Developed by seasoned slot machine designers, Hit it Rich! Ted is the latest blockbuster entertainment brand to join the Hit it Rich! suite of free-to-play social slots games, including Duck Dynasty, The Wizard of Oz, The Terminator, Sex and the City and Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, among others.
Part of our beloved Casino franchise, which includes Zynga Poker and Riches of Olympus, Hit It Rich! offers a full-screen, multi-media slots experience with the ability to connect with friends for immersive play that brings to life the fun and excitement of playing slot machines on a casino floor. With beautiful artwork, authentic sounds and core slots gameplay, Hit It Rich! Ted blends the beloved Ted brand with slots gameplay that mirrors what players see on the casino floor. Your play is enhanced by head-to-head challenges, bonus games, social gifting with friends, and the chance to unveil and watch real clips from Ted.
Hit It Rich! Ted is currently available in seven languages, including: German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and English, and will be coming to mobile soon.
Today, Zynga COO Clive Downie shared the below note with Zynga players thanking them for their six years of play and making games like FarmVille, Zynga Poker and Words With Friends the rich social experiences they are today. He also detailed what’s next for these beloved franchises with the upcoming worldwide mobile-first launches of FarmVille 2: Country Escape, the New Zynga Poker and New Words With Friends.
To our players:
Over the last six years, more than 1 billion people around the world have played a Zynga game. You, our players, have turned our games into rich social experiences centered on collaborating, challenging and connecting with friends and family. You have made our games social centerpieces in your lives and we want to thank you for playing.
Every day, no matter where you live or what you do, you all have one common denominator: 1,440. That supremely powerful number is the number of minutes in the day that we all have. Time is a finite, valuable commodity and with it we can chose to fill our days with activities such as spending time at work or with loved ones, playing sports or watching movies and TV. What we find most humbling is that you choose to spend some of your 1,440 minutes with us every day.
You have allowed us to become a part of your daily routine through our games like FarmVille, Zynga Poker and Words With Friends. We know these games in particular have struck a chord with many of you. You’ve not only spent time playing and sharing in these games, but you have also shared incredibly valuable feedback, helping us evolve these games over time in order to make them better for players around the world.
To that end, today I am excited to share with you our plans to deliver a high quality mobile experience for each of your favorite franchises. These new mobile games are for you, by you. We listened closely to all of your feedback over the years and leveraged your insights to create new experiences that honor the games you’ve come to love, yet deliver the fresh unique features and gameplay you’ve been asking for.
FarmVille, the franchise that turned 400 million of you into virtual farmers, is coming to mobile screens with the coming launch of FarmVille 2: Country Escape. The all new game builds on the rich story of FarmVille 2 by offering a Connected Rewards system between the current web game and the new mobile experience. FarmVille 2: Country Escape uniquely delivers both online and offline game play and redefines the FarmVille social experience with new Social Control options that give you more choice on how you connect with friends and family.
Poker, the game that started it all for Zynga and quickly grew to become the world’s largest Poker game, is also being completely reimagined. More than 350 million of you have played our Poker game since its launch and we have been hard at work listening to your feedback and turning it into the New Zynga Poker, a mobile-first game with more personalized gameplay, lightning fast performance and sophisticated design.
Words With Friends is the world’s favorite word game and after five years of play, you helped it become Apple App Store’s #1 free game of all time. In that time, more than 100 million of you have downloaded the game, making us a meaningful part of your lives and sharing your priceless feedback along the way. We’re proud to deliver an entirely new Words With Friends that builds on the favorite game you love but with the top features you’ve been asking for.
All three of these games – FarmVille 2: Country Escape, the New Zynga Poker and the New Words With Friends – are launching soon in select markets and will be available worldwide to all players in the coming months.
I hope these games will show you that Zynga is more committed than ever to testing, listening and evolving our games – brand new and enduring – as a result of your feedback. You are the lifeblood of our games, and these three franchises will grow and sustain because of your willingness to share with us what you want out of your entertainment experience.
We cannot wait to hear what you think of the games when they become available worldwide. In the meantime, below are a few details on FarmVille 2: Country Escape, the New Zynga Poker and New Words With Friends.
On behalf of all the teams hard at work creating, designing, engineering and inventing at Zynga, thank you for playing.
Clive Downie, Chief Operating Officer, Zynga
FarmVille 2: Country Escape
The franchise that ushered in a new era of free, social gaming is coming soon to mobile.
FarmVille 2: Country Escape is a brand new mobile experience that puts the world of FarmVille at your fingertips – anytime, anywhere and anyway you want. Set along a beautiful coastal town, this brand new mobile experience builds on FarmVille 2’s loveable characters, art and delightful fiction.
Those of you who currently play FarmVille 2 on the web will love the new Connected Rewards system which allows you to transfer valuable goods – like water – between your mobile and web farms. For new farmers, FarmVille 2: Country Escape offers an entirely new game with charming characters and the delightful game play you’ve come to expect from Zynga.
With this game, we reimagined the FarmVille social experience from the ground up, offering new Social Control options that let you choose how you want to socialize – whether on your own or with friends. And, because we know how you play is important, for the first time in FarmVille history you can play offline without an internet connection.
To be the first to receive FarmVille 2: Country Escape when the game is released text MOO to 99642.
New Zynga Poker
We are going back to our roots in social and players will find that the New Zynga Poker delivers entirely new layers of social, making it easier for you and your friends to join the same table and instantly connect.
We know that getting into the action quickly is important to you, so we rebuilt our Poker game from the ground up to get you to the fun faster. Using breakthrough technology, the New Zynga Poker responds and learns as you progress, automatically adapting to your skill level and placing you at a poker table that matches your level, gameplay patterns and preferences.
The New Zynga Poker also features intuitive controls and refined design that feels more like a modern day casino. The lobby is dynamic with bold, interactive icons that transport players to the game of their choice whether it’s classic Texas Hold’Em or a Shootout Tournament. The game is delightfully responsive and with every tap, touch or swipe is loaded with dynamic audio that feels and sounds like a real casino floor.
New Words With Friends
Words With Friends is celebrating its five year anniversary this year, and in honor of the milestone, Zynga is proud to introduce a completely refreshed game with the dynamic new features that you’ve been asking for – all rolled into a sleeker, smarter and an entirely more social experience.
The #1 feature you’ve requested that we add to your game is dictionary functionality and we’re proud to announce that the New Words includes a new Dictionary feature allowing you to build your vocabulary with definitions and audio pronunciation. The new Leaderboards feature amplifies the thrill of victory and a new Player Profile feature with detailed Stats surfaces your win/loss streak, highest scoring words, best moves and more. The game delivers a more immersive social experience so you can quickly find your friends and feel the joy of victory as you climb the leaderboard and beat your own personal best.
The New Words With Friends seamlessly carries over your current games, opponents and entire game history without missing a beat. We look forward to launching the new game in select markets in the coming weeks and to players around the world soon.