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Gala expands European HQ

Staff numbers set to double in Dublin office by 2010

Gala Inc, the Japanese online games publisher, is set to expand its European HQ, with the creation of 50 new jobs in Dublin.

The expansion will happen over the next 12 months and bring the total number of employees up to 100.

"Gala is an integral part of the thriving games industry in Ireland, and particularly in the Digital Hub in Dublin," commented the Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen. "The industry is a strategic target for IDA Ireland and we are becoming a location of choice for the world's leading internet and digital content companies."

Satoru Kikugawa, Gala Group CEO, added: "We are delighted with the success of our operation in Ireland to date. This decision to expand our presence in Ireland is the right one to support our market growth objectives."

"Ireland has a strong internet infrastructure and population of young, educated and creative talent. There is a strong supply of software, localisation and technical expertise there which is essential for our further expansion into the European market-place."