Video game maker Zynga Inc. laid off dozens of employees in Austin and Dallas this month, documents filed with the state show.
In letters sent to the Texas Workforce Commission, the company responsible for games such as “Words With Friends,” said it was laying off 34 employees in Austin and was closing its Dallas area office, eliminating 62 jobs. Most of the layoffs were effective June 3.
Previously this month, the game maker announced it was cutting 520 positions from its global workforce, or about 18 percent of its total staff.
The cuts came on the heels of earlier efforts to reduce overhead as demand for Zynga’s games on the social networking site Facebook has faded. That’s in part due to people shifting to playing games on mobile devices, where the company finds it more difficult to generate revenue.
Zynga officials prevously declined to say how many jobs were being cut in Austin, where the company’s presence has been substantially reduced over the past year.
In June 2012, Zynga Austin had about 215 employees working on a variety of casino-style games as well as larger-scale games like “The Ville.” The company said at the time that Austin was its largest satellite branch in the U.S.
But last October the company announced layoffs, including reportedly more than 100 in Austin. The comapny also this year said it would close its downtown Austin office, but kept open its North Austin location.
It is unclear how many employees are currently working in Zynga’s Austin office; company officials have declined to say.