Zynga is the creator of FarmVille and released the game on June 19, 2009. Zynga was founded in June 2007 by Mark Pincus, Michael Luxton, Eric Schiermeyer, Justin Waldron, Andrew Trader, and Steve Schoettler and have gone on to create over 30 games, most of which are hosted as applications on Facebook or MySpace.
According to the Zynga Website, "Zynga was founded in January 2007 by Mark Pincus and named for his late American Bulldog, Zinga. Loyal and spirited, Zinga's name is a nod to a legendary African warrior queen." The image of a bulldog appears on Zynga's logo.