1. FARMVILLE

    Gaming Company Zynga Files IPO

    In this June 2, 2011 photo, workers enter the CityVille game room at Zynga headquarters in San Francisco, Thursday, June 2, 2011. Based on papers filed Friday, July1, 2011, Zynga, the online game maker behind "FarmVille" and other popular Facebook pastimes, is going public.

    Paul Sakuma / AP Photo

    The gaming company behind Facebook's popular Farmville and Mafia Wars filed an initial public offering on Friday, joining a host of other social media companies who have gone public this year. Zynga's IPO could raise up to $2 billion, a source says, valuing the company at $15 to $20 billion. Together, Farmvile and Mafia Wars have 232 million active monthly users. By tapping into Facebook as a platform that doesn't require hardware like PlayStation or Wii, Zynga has carved out a new position in the video game industry, making it extremely appealing to investors.

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