Zynga files for an IPO

Zynga IPO to come this week

(CBS) - Add social gaming company Zynga to the list (along with LinkedIn, Groupon and Pandora) of Internet-related companies that recently filed for an initial public offering (IPO).

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The San Francisco, Calif.-based firm that brought us addictive games FarmVille and Mafia Wars, just filed its S-1 with the SEC to go public.

Although Zynga says it plans to raise $1 billion, TechCrunch believes that number might just be a placeholder. CNBC reports that Zynga can raise up to $1.5 billion to $2 billion, which would value the company at between $15 billion to $20 billion.

Underwriters include Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Barclays Capital, JP Morgan and Allen and Company.

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"According to research from GreenCrest Capital LLC, Zynga is expected to see roughly $1.46 billion in revenue this year - roughly 80% of which will come from the sale of virtual goods in its games and credits, and about 20% from online advertising," says the Wall Street Journal.

Currently, Zynga has 250 million people playing its games monthly. Metrics provider AppData says CityVille alone has 88.2 million monthly users, while Farmville has 38.6 million. Its new game, Empires & Allies, which launched less than a month ago, already has 43.2 million monthly users.

Not too shabby for a company that builds cartoon-y worlds where real people buy fake money to play pixelated games.

  • Ysolt Usigan

    Ysolt Usigan is the editor of lifestyle and technology for women at CBSNews.com