Hacktivists threatens to shut down ZyngaReuters

Internet vigilantes group Anonymous threatened to shut down gaming giant Zynga for its '"outrageous treatment" to employees.

The San Francisco-based company, which is known for Facebook games Farmville and Cityville, had announced its decision to cut down the number of employees last week as part of the company's decision to streamline operations.

Following the announcement, Anonymous posted a video on YouTube saying it will protest the company's actions towards its employees including several developers. The group threatened to shut down both Zynga and Facbook on Nov 5, and will release te games secured from Zynga's server.

"Zynga customers and Facebook users, We are anonymous. During the last few days anonymous has been targeting Zynga for the outrageous treatment of their employees and their actions against many developers," the transcription of the video read.

Anonymous explained that they had access to the Zynga documents which detailed the company's plan to sack 1,000 employees and the legal measures against those who talk about it publicly.

"We have come to believe that this actions of Zynga will result in massive layoff of a thousand people and legal actions against everyone that speaks to the public about this plan.It will also come to end of the US game market as we know it as all this jobs will be replaced in other more convenient financial countries," the group said.

The gaming company which once dominated the market saw a dip in the recent past. Zygna said that it will make its foray into the gambling market to balance the cost cuts and staff reductions.

The video posted has been removed by YouTube on account of policy violation.