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10% of global internet users have played a Zynga game

FarmVille-maker has 1200 staff and moves 1 Petabyte of data daily

Social game titan Zynga has revealed a raft of numbers that shine further light on the immense scale of its operation.

CTO Cadir Lee revealed at Oracle OpenWorld 2010 conference last night that Zynga now boasts 1200 full-time staff, and comprises 13 studios.

The success of titles such as FarmVille and FrontierVille currently sees the firm add up to 1000 new servers every week, and in total its games move 1 Petabyte of data every single day.

The sheer levels of traffic were a challenge for the firm, Lee argued. "It's millions of people clicking their mouse as fast as they possibly can. And there are 3 billion neighbour connections amongst our users."

Lee went on to estimated that 10 per cent of the global internet population had at some point played a Zynga game. The company is also targeting mobile gamers, having this week begun a recruitment drive for Android developers.

Says the job listing for software engineers on the Google phone platform, "You'll be responsible for owning the development and architecture of both our up-and-coming as well as existing current hits. Are you ready to put your ideas into games that will be played instantly by millions?"

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