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40-person Spanish studio will be led by former Digital Chocolate GM, Manel Sort

The social game developer has established a new development studio in Barcelona.

The studio will be led by Manel Sort, who joins the company from his role as vice president and general manager of Digital Chocolate. expects its Barcelona outpost to grow to more than 40 employees.

"We have been aggressively hiring the best talent in the industry to extend our growth into the mobile games sector, and Manel, with his phenomenal games-development talent and leadership experience, is perfect for leading our newest studio," said co-founder and CEO Riccardo Zacconi. now has offices in nine locations around the world: London, Stockholm, Barcelona, Bucharest, Hamburg, Milan, Romania, Malta and San Francisco. In April, the company reported that it had overtaken Electronic Arts as the third biggest company on Facebook in terms of DAUs.

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