With all the furor over Groupon’s IPO offering, it isn’t the biggest surprise to discover that many businesses have been watching the story unfold intently. What might be more of a surprise is discovering that one of those businesses is social gaming company Zynga, who’ve been waiting to see whether or not it goes successfully enough for Zynga to follow suit.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Zynga is preparing to launch its own public offering next month if Groupon’s IPO receives a warm enough reception. The company initially filed for a $1 billion IPO in July with an expectation of a September launch, but delayed it in August due to concerns about the state of the financial market.
Although Zynga declined to comment officially to the WSJ, an anonymous source within the “Farmville” company reportedly said that no final decisions had been made, but a mid-to-late November launch is possible if the Groupon IPO is considered to have met expectations and the market continues its current rebound in general. Fingers crossed, we can all be playing Stockmarketville by this time next month.
Graeme McMillan is a reporter at TIME. Find him on Twitter at @Graemem or on Facebook at Facebook/Graeme.McMillan. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.