By James Gregory on Friday, August 29th, 2014 9:00 AM PST

Zynga recently released the web version of Duck Dynasty Slots, a game that started life as a mobile-only game. By leveraging Mozilla’s Emscripten project, we were able to port it to the web and deliver an experience just as compelling as the mobile version, all from one codebase for iOS, Android and WebGL. We believe […]

By Mary Sharp on Friday, February 14th, 2014 11:28 AM PST

Managing a large infrastructure can be challenging — to say the least — and monitoring that infrastructure can be even tougher. At Zynga we have approached this problem by providing our teams with a central micro-system which allows them leverage Nagios and to use standards without having to even know them. Saigon allows core teams […]

By Paul Bakaus on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 4:57 AM PST

Over the last few months, my team and I at Zynga have been working hard on a more granular, JS-based alternative to Jasy. Without further ado, meet the Instant Play plugin collection for Grunt: Grunt Dependency Resolver (npm, github) Grunt Cruncher (npm, github) Grunt Vendor Mutator (npm, github) In today’s post, I will talk a […]

By Manik Taneja on Monday, August 26th, 2013 3:53 PM PST

zBase is a distributed key-value store that is the storage backbone for almost all Zynga games.  It supports the memcached protocol on the front-end and is designed for persisting data to disk along with in-memory data replication for high availability.  zBase was forked from membase in early Jan 2012 and, since then, the storage services […]

By Binu Philip on Friday, August 9th, 2013 3:02 PM PST

50 million profiles and 100s of ways to view them. 150GB of data processed and 100 million rows inserted. Charts, reports, optimal counts, headroom computations, monitoring dashboards – that is 24 hours in the life of zPerfmon. And it all runs on one machine.             zPerfmon was conceived and built […]

By James Gregory on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 1:40 PM PST
ParticleTest (2)

If I could snap my fingers and wake up the following morning with any one problem at work just solved, you know what it would be? No, not the stock price. Without a doubt — it would be the problem of deploying our games concurrently to mobile and web. At Zynga we’ve tried just about […]

By Benjamin Cooley on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 9:31 AM PST
The Starling 2D renderer library running in Mono on an iPhone 5 (screenshots)

We are excited to announce that we are open sourcing the PlayScript compiler and runtime, which we hope will help developers with a toolset that aims to comprehensively target the diverse web and mobile platforms.  PlayScript is a new open source compiler and runtime built on the Mono platform which both compiles existing ActionScript to […]

By Sascha Goebel on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 11:14 AM PST

Disclaimer: In case you’re a Linux, OS X or Windows fanboy, please skip the first paragraph and continue reading after that. After being in a long lasting love/hate relationship with MS Windows in different incarnations, countless blind dates with desktop Linux and a quick affair with OS X, I decided for myself that Windows is […]

By Viktor Lidholt on Friday, February 1st, 2013 7:55 AM PST

Cocos2d-iphone has proven to be a great platform for creating iOS games, with many titles hitting the top of the charts in the AppStore. The introduction of cocos2d-x made it possible to write C++ games that ran on many devices, including iOS, Android and as applications on stationary computers. The next big thing in the […]

By Paul Bakaus on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 7:35 PM PST
Jasy's API browser in action.

  Never heard about Jasy? Worry not – you are not the only one. Jasy is a web tooling framework (read: fancy JS build system). If Grunt is a cherry, Jasy is a wonderful cherry tree. In fact, Jasy is closer to Yeoman, with the big distinction that Jasy is written as a tightly integrated […]