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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Zynga layoffs, Nintendo’s future, and Microsoft buys Gears of War

Above: Social-gaming publisher Zynga's headquarters.

Image Credit: Zynga

Let’s send off the miserable month of January the same way we end every week here at GamesBeat: with a collection of our gaming coverage from the last seven days.

This week, Flappy Bird takes the app stores by storm. Zynga loses 15 percent of its workforce, Microsoft grabs the Gear of War franchise from Epic, Nintendo reveals how it plans to rebound from poor Wii U sales, and more.

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Above: Next Car Game from Bugbear Entertainment.

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Above: Octodad has to put the ring on his wife’s finger.

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More about the companies and people from this article:

Zynga Inc. is the world's largest social game developer with more than 232 million monthly active users playing their games which include CityVille, FarmVille, FrontierVille, Words With Friends, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker, Cafe World, and... read more »

Nintendo of America is consistently amazed and humbled by the passion and loyalty of our fans. Our hope is that this Page can be a place where that excitement can live, thrive and be shared. And while we love your creativity and are he... read more »

Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows and Windows Phone platforms. They were established in 2002 a... read more »

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