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Big Viking buys  YoVille  back from Zynga in a bid to keep it alive
Big Viking buys YoVille back from Zynga in a bid to keep it alive
April 24, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

Long-running browser-based social game YoVille has been granted a stay of execution by Zynga, who announced an agreement today to transfer the game to Big Viking Games despite promising to shutter the project earlier this year.

The game will be rebranded YoWorld and transferred -- complete with all user profiles and game history -- to Big Viking Games by May 11th. Zynga is allowing players to withhold their account information from the transfer by filling out a form by May 9th.

It's a homecoming of sorts -- Big Viking Games is the studio previously known as Tall Tree Games, who launched YoVille in 2008 and sold the game to Zynga shortly thereafter.

By reassuming control of their game in the face of its impending demise, Big Viking seems to be adopting an approach similar to RockYou's new "rerun" strategy of rescuing games that other publishers don't want in the hope of continuing to operate and monetize them past their peak popularity.

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Luis Blondet
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I tried to buy some declining games and received no response. Is there some secret method to this?

Justin Jones
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I am sure it helps to be the original maker of the game.

Terry Matthes
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I'm happy for Big Viking. They are a really great group of people and YoVille will only get better now that they have it back :)